An Online Guide to Photography History

The art of photography has come a long way in the past few centuries creating amazing opportunities for individuals to combine both the beautiful style of the original photography with the modern technology available today. In 1826 Joseph Nicéphore Niépce invented the first permanent photograph. You have to wonder if he had any idea just what an accomplishment he had come up with and how it would later affect not only the arts but the many vital processes used by law enforcement and military alike.

The first photographs by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce where of landscapes. After teaming up with Louis Daguerre, Joseph Nicéphore Niépce worked to perfect the process of taking permanent photographs until Niépce's death by stroke in 1833. When he passed away he left all of his work to Daguerre. Finally, in 1839 the Daguerre captured the first person ever on a photograph. This was done primarily by accident when the gentlemen stopped long enough when walking on the street Daguerre was photographing to be caught on the film. The process used to create these photos was named daguerreotype.

In 1840 a man named Fox Talbot created what was called the colotype process used to create negative image. This negative image was made with sheets of silver chloride paper. This made it possible for the negative image to be reproduced into positive prints or pictures. From this invention came the increased popularity in photo taking and the invention of a variety of camera types. This was the beginning of photography as it is known today. This article will direct you to some excellent resources for information on how photography developed through the years, the basics of how it all works, and examples of beautiful photographic art.