Posts Tagged ‘history’

A TEDx Talk by Photographer Leif Norman About the Past and Future of Photography

Professional photographer Leif Norman recently gave a talk at TEDxManitoba titled “The Past and Future of Photography.” Norman spent 18 minutes giving the audience a brief history of photography and sharing Gladys, a large format view camera he built to experiment with older processes.

One of his recent discoveries was that he could scan a 4×5 calotype negative and turn it into a high quality 120 megapixel digital photograph. Gladys is therefore the equivalent of a 820 megapixel camera.

(via TEDxManitoba via ISO 1200)

Grandma Sells Trove of Rare Civil War-Era Photos to the Library of Congress

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A 87-year-old grandmother in Texas has sold a rare and valuable collection of more than 500 Civil War-era photographs to the Library of Congress after building her personal collection for four decades.
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21 Rolleiflex Prototypes Appear on eBay with a Price Tag of $178,000

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The factory that manufactures Rolleiflex cameras is being liquidated in a bankruptcy auction, so there’s a chance we may never see new Rolleiflex twin-lens reflex cameras produced ever again. As the fate of the brand is in limbo, 21 original Rolleiflex camera prototypes have appeared in an auction on eBay. For a cool $178,000, collectors can own a unique piece of photographic history.
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Google’s Latest Doodle Pays Tribute to Photography Pioneer Anna Atkins

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Visitors to Google today are being treated to a Doodle logo replacement that pays tribute to photography pioneer Anna Atkins. Atkins was born 216 years ago today, and in her life she became one of the first — if not the first — women to create a photograph.
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These Are Three of the Earliest Photos Ever Made

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Joseph Nicéphore Niépce is a French photography pioneer who is credited with capturing the oldest surviving photograph of a real world scene, a print made back in 1825. In addition to that famous image, titled View from the Window at Le Gras, Niépce also created a number of other photos that are recognized as being some of the earliest photos ever made.
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This Gigantic Collection of 600 Vintage Cameras is for Sale on eBay: It’s Yours for $35K

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Want to start your own camera museum? There’s a new listing on eBay that can put you on the fast track to doing so. It’s for a gigantic collection of roughly 600 vintage cameras from between 1880 and 1980. The description claims the lot could be turned into one of the largest camera museums in the world.
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A Brief History of Gear: Here is a Collection of Camera Commercials from the Past 20 Years

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Here’s a collection of camera commercials that have appeared over the past 20 years. No matter your age, there’s probably something here that you’ll remember, and I hope it will bring back a bit of nostalgia. I’ve also selected what I consider the best commercial of them all.
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Polaroid’s History of Innovation, War, and Lawsuits

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Ronald K. Fierstein is a man who has had a front row seat to the evolution of photography as we know it. He’s a lawyer who helped represent Polaroid during its lengthy legal battle with Eastman Kodak over patents.

Fierstein has written a new book that sheds light on the life and career of Polaroid founder Edwin Land, the “original Steve Jobs” (Jobs revered Land and modeled his career after his). It’s titled A Triumph of Genius: Edwin Land, Polaroid, and the Kodak Patent War.
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America’s First Female Photojournalist, Jessie Tarbox Beals, With Her Cameras

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Here’s a photograph of Jessie Tarbox Beals, America’s first female photojournalist, with her camera on a street a century ago. While most female photographers of her time shot photos from the peace and safety of photo studios, Beals ventured into the world of photojournalism and made a name for herself through her tenacity, self-promotion, and freelance news photos.
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A Blast from the Past: Demos of Adobe Photoshop 1.0

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Adobe celebrated Photoshop’s 25th birthday yesterday with great fanfare. Since the original Photoshop version 1.0 was launched back on February 19th, 1990, there have been 15 major versions released that have advanced the way we work with (and look at) photographs.

To see how far post-processing has come over the past two-and-a-half decades, here’s a closer look at what it was like to use the very first version of Photoshop.
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