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Camera obscuras, used to form images on walls in darkened rooms...
 
    Joseph Niépce, Inventor of Photography - 1826  
Joseph Nicéphore Niépce was a French inventor, now usually credited as the inventor of photography and a pioneer in that field. Niépce developed heliography, a technique he used to create the world's oldest surviving product of a photographic process...
 
    Roger Fenton, British Photographer  
Roger Fenton was a pioneering British photographer, one of the first war photographers and known for his Crimean War photographs. It is likely that in autumn 1854, as the war grabbed the attention of the British public, that some powerful friends...
 
    The first Photograph, Joseph Niépce  
One hundred and fifty years ago [Summer 1826] Joseph Nicéphore Niépce succeeded in obtaining a camera picture on a polished pewter plate, sensitized with bitumen of Judea. This material has the unusual property of hardening in light (not blackening l...
 
    Muybridge, Father of Motion Picture  
Eadweard Muybridge is often called the father of the motion picture because of his photographic studies of animal motion. He began his career as a landscape photographer, and always considered himself more an artist than a scientist, although he wel...
 
    Frederick Hollyer, Photographer  
Frederick Hollyer's portraits offers us an exclusive glimpse into late-Victorian and Edwardian celebrity culture. His sitters ranged from HG Wells to the Nobel prize-winning discoverer of argon Lord Rayleigh, from Princess Louise to William Morris....
 
    George Eastman, Founder Kodak  
George Eastman was an American innovator and entrepreneur who founded the Eastman Kodak Company and invented roll film, helping to bring photography to the mainstream. Roll film was also the basis for the invention of motion picture film in 1888 by t...
 
    George Hendrik Breitner, Painter  
George Hendrik Breitner was a Dutch painter and photographer. He trained as a painter and draughtsman at the academy in The Hague. Although the Dutch painter Charles Rochussen taught the students history and landscape painting, Breitner's interests d...
 
    Karl Blossfeldt, German Photographer  
Karl Blossfeldt was a German photographer, sculptor, teacher and artist who worked in Berlin, Germany. He is best known for his close-up photographs of plants. He worked as an apprentice in an artistic form of iron casting at the iron foundry in Mägd...
 
    Charles Koechlin, French Composer  
Charles Louis Eugène Koechlin was a French composer, teacher and writer on music. He was a political radical all his life and a passionate enthusiast for such diverse things as medieval music, The Jungle Book of Rudyard Kipling, Johann Sebastian Bach...
 
    Edward S. Curtis, Photographer  
Edward Sheriff Curtis was a photographer of the American West and of Native American peoples. In 1906 J.P. Morgan offered Curtis $75,000 to produce a series on the North American Indian. It was to be in 20 volumes with 1,500 photographs. Morgan wa...
 
    Man Ray, Photographer / Painter  
Man Ray's photography would come to play an important role in the Surrealist movement. Although he had first bought a camera in 1915 to document his paintings, he now wanted to become a professional portrait photographer. Some of his very first sitte...
 
    Henri Cartier-Bresson, Photographer  
Regarded as one of the greatest photographers of his time, Henri Cartier-Bresson was a shy Frenchman who elevated "snap shooting" to the level of a refined and disciplined art. His sharp-shooter’s ability to catch "the decisive moment," his precise e...
 
    Robert Capa, Founder Magnum Photos  
On December 3, 1938, Picture Post introduced "The Greatest War Photographer in the World: Robert Capa" with a spread of 26 photographs taken during the Spanish Civil War at the battle of Ebro. The "greatest war photographer" hated war. He was born...
 
    Magnum Photos  
Two years after the apocalypse that was called the Second World War ended Magnum Photos was founded. The world's most prestigious photographic agency was formed by four photographers - Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger, and David "Chi...
 
       
 
         
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