Posts Tagged ‘history’

It’s Official: A.I.s are Now Re-Writing History

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The other day I created a Google+ album of photos from our holiday in France. Google’s AutoAwesome algorithms applied some nice Instagram-like filters to some of them, and sent me emails to let me have a look at the results. But there was one AutoAwesome that I found peculiar. It was this one, labeled with the word “Smile!” in the corner, surrounded by little sparkle symbols.

It’s a nice picture, a sweet moment with my wife, taken by my father-in-law, in a Normandy bistro. There’s only one problem with it. This moment never happened. Read more…

These Were the First Wildlife Photographs Published in National Geographic

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Did you know that after National Geographic published its first wildlife photographs in July 1906, two of the National Geographic Society board members “resigned in disgust“? They argued that the reputable magazine was “turning into a ‘picture book'”.

Luckily for us, it did turn out to become quite a picture book. Those first wildlife photos published in the magazine were captured by George Shiras, III, and marked quite a few “firsts.”
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This is the First Photo Ever Taken from Space

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Nowadays, anybody with an Internet connection has seen tens if not hundreds of photographs taken from space. Astronauts tweet them, Hubble sends them down… rovers even putter around planets other than our own taking pictures.

But it all started with the photograph above from 1946, the first ever photo taken from space. Read more…

Canon’s First Camera Just Turned 80; Here are 5 Things You Didn’t Know About the ‘Kwanon’

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The breakneck pace of photo technology advancement makes it easy to forget how young our industry really is, but we had a reminder yesterday when, not long after ‘modern photography’ itself turned 175 years old, the very first Canon camera celebrated its 80th birthday. Read more…

Colorized Photos of Hong Kong Seek to Reintroduce You to the City’s Rich History

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Typically, colorizers focus on famous images. Photos like the V-J Day kiss photo from Times Square, or historic portraits. Honk Kong resident and Photoshopper Victor Liu’s focus is more specific. His new project is all about Hong Kong, and he’s hoping that his colorized images will encourage others to rediscover the city’s past. Read more…

Video: A Brief History of George Eastman and His Immeasurable Impact on Photography

Here’s a fascinating little photography history lesson for you, and it’ll only take up two minutes and fifty seconds of your time. Put together by Engineer Guy Bill Hammack, the video above tells the remarkable story of George Eastman, and how he revolutionized photography. Read more…

Four Years Later: Browse Through the First Photos Ever Posted to Instagram

Four years (and one day) ago, Kevin Systrom posted the first ever photo to Instagram, then a new social network with an uncertain future and exactly one photo of a cute dog in its archives. Read more…

Timera Allows Users to Create Then & Now Photographs with Ease on iOS and Android

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Timera 2 is the second iteration of a rather unique then-and-now compositing app that crowdsources photographs from around the globe and allows you to easily document the changes that have taken place in the world around you over the decades.

Through a massive user-generated database of historical images, appropriately geotagged to their location, Timera users can create unique then-and-now photos by overlaying the archive photo with a photo they just took. Read more…

Rooftop Photo from the 1920s May be the First Group Selfie in History

We’ve shared what we believe to be the first ever selfie in history, but we’ve never had occasion to share the photograph you see being taken in the image above. Taken in the 1920s on a rooftop in New York City, what you see being captured might very well be the first ever group selfie… although we’re pretty sure they didn’t call it that. Read more…

Strange Series of Photographs Show Hitler Practicing His Body Language

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If you’ve ever seen footage of infamous dictator Adolf Hitler giving one of his spirited speeches, you probably noticed the very ‘loud’ gestures that accompanied his tirades.

What you probably don’t know, however, is that Hitler meticulously practiced his body language and gestures, going so far as to having his private photographer, Heinrich Hoffman, take pictures so that he could review them later. The result is a series of odd images of the Führer striking some very strange poses. Read more…