A video series from the George Eastman Museum.
From the ancient camera obscura to the 18th-century silhouette, many inventions preceded the advent of photography.
These are sharply defined, highly reflective, one-of-a-kind photographs on silver-coated copper plates.
Before the negative/positive process, Talbot tried photogenic drawing, salted paper prints, and calotype negatives.
This process depends on a photochemical reduction that forms Prussian blue, an iron-based pigment.
The wet collodion process can create thousands of prints. This technique eventually won out over the daguerreotype.
What does an albumen print have in common with an omelet?
Platinum prints are characterized by their delicate surface and subtle tonal gradations.
Photographers like Alfred Stieglitz favored the handcrafted look of pigment prints.
This process was invented in 1864 and achieved acclaim for its exquisite rendering of detail and its permanency.
With its shorter printing time, this process came to dominate black-and-white photography.
Photography’s earliest practitioners dreamed of finding a way to capture the world around them—in color.
We carry cameras in our pockets now. How has that technology become possible?