It’s time to dig out that old camera and take some stunning photos, because June 29th is Camera Day! Cameras and the art of photography has a long and varied past that’s been around the world and back.
The first photographic image to be taken was in 1825 by Joseph Niepce’s heliograph, the predecessor to modern camera technology. Flexible, durable film came sixty-plus years later, resting in the hands of George Eastman who finally perfected this style of film in 1888. After that, Eastman’s durable film quickly became the consumer favorite, and the first “Kodak” was born.
The concept behind camera technology is known as camera obscura (“dark room” in Latin). This natual process involves light projected through a small hole which creates an inverted image of what is in the light. This concept was understood as early as the fourth century BC in Han China, and led to the development of “photo” boxes that eventually became cameras.
It wasn’t until 1989, a little over a century later, that the camera scene moved to digital photography, allowing photographers to take more photos on a single “roll of film” and download those photos onto a computer for editing and enhancements. Cameras continue to evolve, capabilities and devices continue to grow. Even a smartphone can serve as a high-quality camera!
Thus, Camera Day celebrates the history of cameras and their technological advancements over the years. These portable devices perfectly capture everyday images and forever preserve them on slips of film.