History of photography: Media

Videos

Know about the chemistry of the early history of photography and the various photographic processes
Learn about the chemistry of early photographic processes.
© American Chemical Society (A Britannica Publishing Partner)
Take a walk through the life of George Eastman at the George Eastman Museum established on his estate
A discussion of George Eastman and the museum established on his estate, from Picture...
Great Museums Television (A Britannica Publishing Partner)
Explore an exhibition showcasing the history of China during the Qing dynasty through some rare photographs
Visit the exhibition "Masterpieces of Early Chinese Photography," a highlight of...
Witness the equipment used by photographer Joe Capra to click photos of penguins at Neko Harbor, Antarctica
A brief video showing the equipment used by photographer Joe Capra to shoot photos...
Joe Capra—Scientifantastic (A Britannica Publishing Partner)
Hear Harry Callahan discussing his initial days in photography and the first time seeing an Ansel Adams print
Harry Callahan discussing his start in photography and the first time he viewed an...
Checkerboard Film Foundation (A Britannica Publishing Partner)
Learn about Eugene Atget's photography in a discussion by John Szarkowski
Photographer and curator John Szarkowski discussing the photographs of Eugène Atget,...
Checkerboard Film Foundation (A Britannica Publishing Partner)

Images

Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre: View of the Boulevard du Temple, Paris
View of the Boulevard du Temple, Paris, daguerreotype by Louis-Jacques-Mandé...
Copyright © 2008 by Dover Publications, Inc. Electronic image © 2008 Dover Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.
principle of the camera obscura
Illustration of the principle of the camera obscura, 1671.
© Photos.com/Jupiterimages
Henri Frédéric Amiel
Henri Frédéric Amiel, detail of a heliograph by an unknown artist.
J.P. Ziolo
Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre: Still Life
Still Life, daguerreotype by Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre, 1837; in the...
Collection de la Société Francaiçe de Photographie, Paris
facsimiles of photogenic drawings
Title page of the Magazine of Science showing facsimiles of photogenic drawings...
© Photos.com/Jupiterimages
Southworth & Hawes: Chief Justice Lemuel Shaw
Chief Justice Lemuel Shaw, daguerreotype by Albert Sands Southworth and...
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, gift of Edward S. Hawes, Alice Mary Hawes, and Marion A. Hawes, 1938, (38.34), www.metmuseum.org
Kusakabe Kimbei: Samurai in Armour
Samurai in Armour, hand-coloured albumen silver print by Kusakabe Kimbei,...
J. Paul Getty Museum (object no. 84.XA.700.4.58), digital image courtesy of the Getty's Open Content Program
David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson: Portrait of Two Men (John Henning and Alexander Handyside Ritchie)
Portrait of Two Men (John Henning and Alexander Handyside Ritchie), calotype...
The Art Institute of Chicago, Alfred Stieglitz Collection, reference no. 1949.685 (CC0)
stereoscope
Pocket stereoscope with original test image; the instrument is used by the military...
Joaquim Alves Gaspar
uncut print from a carte-de-visite negative
Uncut print from a carte-de-visite negative by André-Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri,...
George Eastman House Collection
Eadweard Muybridge: photographic study of a man jumping a horse
Eadweard Muybridge's photographic study of a man jumping a horse, from Animal...
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Rogers Fund, transferred from the Library (1991.1135.9), www. metmuseum.org
Eadweard Muybridge: Figure Hopping
Figure Hopping, series of photographs by Eadweard Muybridge, 1887; in the...
Courtesy of the Cooper—Hewitt Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, Smithsonian Institution/Art Resource, New York
Gustave Eiffel
Gustave Eiffel, photographed by Nadar (Gaspard-Félix Tournachon); in the Caisse Nationale...
Courtesy of the Caisse Nationale des Monuments Historiques, Paris
Charles Baudelaire
Charles Baudelaire, photograph by Étienne Carjat, 1863.
Courtesy of the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris
Charles Darwin
Charles Darwin, carbon print photograph by Julia Margaret Cameron, 1868.
Courtesy of the International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House, Rochester, New York
Julia Margaret Cameron: The Mountain Nymph, Sweet Liberty
The Mountain Nymph, Sweet Liberty, photograph by Julia Margaret Cameron,...
George Eastman House Collection
Mathew B. Brady: Ruins of the Gallego Flour Mills, Richmond, Va.
Ruins of the Gallego Flour Mills, Richmond, Va., photograph by Mathew B....
Collection, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Purchase
Francis Frith: Interior Hall of Columns, Karnac
Interior Hall of Columns, Karnac photograph by Francis Frith, c. 1857.
Copyright © 2008 by Dover Publications, Inc. Electronic image © 2008 Dover Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.
Roger Fenton: A Quiet Day in the Mortar Battery
A Quiet Day in the Mortar Battery, photograph by Roger Fenton, 1855; in...
Courtesy of the George Eastman House, Rochester, New York
Charles Nègre: Chartres Cathedral. Right Door of the Royal Portal, West Side, XII Century
Chartres Cathedral. Right Door of the Royal Portal, West Side, XII Century,...
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Diana and Mallory Walker Fund, accession no. 2010.61.1
Charles Nègre: Tarascon
Tarascon, photograph by Charles Nègre, c. 1852; in the Metropolitan Museum...
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; purchase, Jennifer and Joseph Duke gift and several members of the Chairman's Council Gifts, 2000 (accession no. 2000.286); www.metmuseum.org
Timothy H. O'Sullivan: Canyon de Chelly, Arizona
Canyon de Chelly, Arizona, photograph by Timothy H. O'Sullivan, 1873; in...
George Eastman House Collection
Jacob Riis: Baby in a Slum Tenement
Baby in a Slum Tenement, photograph by Jacob Riis, 1888–89; in the Library...
Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Henry Peach Robinson: Fading Away
Fading Away, composite photograph made from five negatives by Henry Peach...
George Eastman House Collection
Peter Henry Emerson: Pond in Winter
Pond in Winter, photograph by Peter Henry Emerson, 1888; in the George Eastman...
George Eastman House Collection
Alfred Stieglitz: The Steerage
The Steerage, photogravure by Alfred Stieglitz, 1907; in the Art Institute...
The Art Institute of Chicago, Alfred Stieglitz Collection, reference no. 1949.847 (CC0)
Edward Steichen: The Flatiron
The Flatiron, photograph by Edward Steichen, 1904.
Copyright © 2008 by Dover Publications, Inc. Electronic image © 2008 Dover Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.
Paul Strand: Blind Woman, New York
Blind Woman, New York, photograph by Paul Strand, 1916. This photograph...
© 1971, Aperture Foundation, Inc., Paul Strand Archive
Edward Weston: Dunes, Oceano
Dunes, Oceano, photograph by Edward Weston, 1936.
© Edward Weston
Ansel Adams: Mount Williamson—Clearing Storm
Mount Williamson—Clearing Storm, photograph by Ansel Adams, 1944.
Ansel Adams
Ansel Adams teaching Susan Ford
Photographer Ansel Adams teaching Susan Ford, daughter of U.S. Pres. Gerald Ford,...
AP Images
Imogen Cunningham: Two Callas, About 1925
Two Callas, About 1925, photograph by Imogen Cunningham.
Imogen Cunningham Trust. www.imogencunningham.com
Gyorgy Kepes: Monuments
Monuments, gelatin-silver cliché-verre print by Gyorgy Kepes, 1939.
The Museum of Modern Art, New York City, gift of the photographer; copy print, The Museum of Modern Art, New York City
Eugène Atget: Shop Window: Tailor Dummies
Shop Window: Tailor Dummies, photograph by Eugène Atget, c. 1910; in the...
George Eastman House Collection
Lewis W. Hine: photograph of an overseer and child workers in the Yazoo City Yarn Mills
Overseer supervising a girl (about 13 years old) operating a bobbin-winding machine...
National Child Labor Committee collection, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division (LC-DIG-nclc-02093)
Dorothea Lange: Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California
Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California, photograph by Dorothea Lange, 1936;...
Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. (neg. no. LC-DIG-fsa-8b29516)
Berenice Abbott: Jay Street, No. 115, Brooklyn
Jay Street, No. 115, Brooklyn, photograph by Berenice Abbott, 1936.
The New York Public Library, The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Photography Collection
Berenice Abbott: Hester Street, between Allen and Orchard Streets, Manhattan
Hester Street, between Allen and Orchard Streets, Manhattan, photograph...
The New York Public Library, The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Photography Collection.
Berenice Abbott: Park Avenue and 39th Street, Manhattan
Park Avenue and 39th Street, Manhattan, photograph by Berenice Abbott, 1936.
Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs, The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations
Brassaï: “Bijou” in Place Pigalle Bar
“Bijou” in Place Pigalle Bar, photograph by Brassaï, 1932.
Brassai—Rapho/Photo Researchers
Henri Cartier-Bresson: Children in Seville, Spain
Children in Seville, Spain, photograph by Henri Cartier-Bresson, 1933.
Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum
W. Eugene Smith: Spanish Village
Spanish Village, photograph by W. Eugene Smith, 1951.
W. Eugene Smith
William Eggleston
William Eggleston, c. 1960s–70s.
Palm Pictures/Everett Collection
Barack and Michelle Obama with their daughters
Barack and Michelle Obama with their daughters, Sasha (left) and Malia, in the Green...
Photo by Annie Leibovitz/Official White House Photo
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