George Eastman Museum

About George Eastman Museum

The videos below can be seen on Smarthistory because the George Eastman Museum generously makes their videos available for distribution.

Before photography - video still
From the ancient camera obscura to the 18th-century silhouette, many inventions preceded the advent of photography.

Before photography (1 of 12)

This process depends on a photochemical reduction that forms Prussian blue, an iron-based pigment.

The Cyanotype (4 of 12)

Woodburytype (video still)
This process was invented in 1864 and achieved acclaim for its exquisite rendering of detail and its permanency.

The Woodburytype (9 of 12)