George Eastman House’s photostream on Flickr. Excellent historic images.
Short video about the Autochrome process, from The ImageWorks in Rochester, NY.
Concise History of Color Photography with excellent images and text.
The George Eastman House: Notes on Photographs: An international forum for gathering information that enhances the communal understanding of the photographic print.
A short video about the history of color photography from the Smithsonian Institution (Washington, DC)
History and manufacture of Lantern Slides.
The scandal and possible truth surrounding Levi Hill who claimed to have invented color photography.
THE FIRST DIGITAL CAMERA
(Image from the New York Times Magazine)
This is the first DIGITAL (filmless) camera. 1975!
Wonder why it took so long to be on the consumer market? Read this.
A list of links about the origins of the digital camera, as well as other connections between photography and technology.
PICTURES OF CATS! (before the Internet)
Maker: S.L. Upham & Fowler
Title: Cat / opaque background
Date: ca. 1875
Medium: albumen print
Dimensions: Image: 9.5 x 5.5 cm Mount: 10.1 x 6.2 cm
This image is from the George Eastman House Flickr Feed.
THE ORIGINS OF PHOTOGRAPHY–the CAMERA OBSCURA
In the above posts, you’ll find a brief history of the camera obscura, how many painters such as Vermeer used a camera obscura to aid in his painting, as well as contemporary artists who use the camera obscura.
If you’re interested in the connection between Vermeer and the camera obscura, this is a compelling documentary:
“Tim’s Vermeer” a documentary by Penn and Teller (yes, THAT Penn and Teller) about one man’s obsession with discovering Vermeer’s secrets. Hint: camera obscura! Trailer | NY Times article | TIFF summary
Dr. Edwin H. Land.
Photo copyright J.J.Scarpetti.
Image from: The Rowland Institute at Harvard
POLAROID NOW: The Impossible Project
Short film, creative interpretation of cymk in everyday printing (cereal boxes, etc)
THE HISTORY OF COLOUR MODELS
To augment our class discussion about colour, learn about the history of the colour wheel.