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You Press the Button and We Do the Rest – George Eastman revolutionized Photography

You Press the Button and We Do the Rest – George Eastman revolutionized Photography

George Eastman (1854-1932) On May 5, 1885, George Eastman filed a patent for a “Roll Holder for Photographic Films“, which was the first film in roll form to prove practicable. Based on his newly invented roll film and a rather simple camera for that film, he established the Eastman Kodak Company, in Rochester, New York. It was one of the first firms to mass-produce standardized photography equipment. Ok, please hold…
Revovering the Lost Lunar Photographs

Revovering the Lost Lunar Photographs

Restored Image from the NASA Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project (photo: LOIRP) Maybe you remember that we had an article on the very first image of the Earth taken from abroad? It was an image taken in 1966 by one of the Lunar Orbiter space probes, which had the task of taking closeup pictures of the lunar surface to find a well suited landing spot for the upcoming Apollo Moon…
Fizeau, Foucault and Astronomical Photography

Fizeau, Foucault and Astronomical Photography

Star trail composite image created by International Space Station Source: NASA On April 2, 1845, Armand Hippolyte Louis Fizeau and Jean Bernard Léon Foucault manage to make the very first photography of the Sun. Thereby, they both initiate astronomical photography. From a previous blog post you may remember Léon Foucault’s Pendulum. The instrument was used to proof Earth’s rotation in the 1850s and counts to one of Foucault’s biggest scientific…
The National Geographic Society

The National Geographic Society

Cover of January 1915 National Geographic On January 27, 1888, the National Geographic Society, one of the largest non-profit scientific and educational institutions in the world, is founded in the Cosmos Club, a private club then located on Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C. You might not be aware of it, but several of our past articles already are related to the National Geographic Society, as the society always has supported…
The Hyperbolic World of Vladimir Shukhov

The Hyperbolic World of Vladimir Shukhov

Vladimir Shukhov(1853 – 1939) On August 28, 1853, Russian engineer-polymath, scientist and architect Vladimir Grigoryevich Shukhov was born. He is renowned for his pioneering works on new methods of analysis for structural engineering that led to breakthroughs in industrial design. He was one of the most outstanding designers and constructors of the 19th and 20th century. Moreover, he is considered as one of Russia’s most important engineers. Vladimir Shukhov was…
Making Photography Really Operational – Louis Daguerre

Making Photography Really Operational – Louis Daguerre

Louis Daguerre (1787-1851) On August 19, 1839, French artist and physicist Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre, after announcing his invention to the French Academy of Sciences, went public with his newly developed photographic process called Daguerrotype, the wold’s first practicable photographic process. Actually, Louis Daguerre did not invent photography, but, in 1829, he partnered with Nicéphore Niépce, an inventor who had produced the world’s first heliograph in 1822 and the first…
Nadar and the Art of Photography

Nadar and the Art of Photography

Selfportrait of Félix Nadar (1820-1910) On April 5, 1820, Gaspard-Félix Tournachon better known under his pseudonym Nadar, war born. He is considered to be one of the first grand masters of photography, besides being a caricaturist, a journalist, a novelist, and also a reknown balloonist. Felix Nadar started studying medicine, but abandoned this subject to become a journalist and worked at first in Paris and Lyon. Back then, he was…
Nicéphore Niépce and the World’s First Photograph

Nicéphore Niépce and the World’s First Photograph

Nicéphore Niépce(1765 – 1833) On March 7, 1765, French inventor Nicéphore Niépce was born, who is best known as one of the inventors of photography and a pioneer in the field. He developed heliography, a technique used to produce the world’s first known photograph in 1825. Born into the wealthy family of a lawyer, the family of Nicéphore Niépce had to flee the French Revolution. He later attended the Oratorian…
Edwin Land – Father of the Polaroid Instant Camera

Edwin Land – Father of the Polaroid Instant Camera

SX-70 Polaroid Camera On February 21, 1947, American scientist and inventor Edwin Land introduced the very first instant camera together with an associated film. Land’s new camera would allow people to produce a black and white photograph in about sixty seconds. The new film already contained the necessary chemicals to develop and fix the image directly on the photographic paper. Edwin Land studied chemistry at Harvard University but dopped out…
Ansel Adams and the Beauty of Black and White Photography

Ansel Adams and the Beauty of Black and White Photography

The Tetons and the Snake River (1942) Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming by Ansel Adams. Source: http://www.archives.gov/research/ansel-adams/ On February 20, 1902, American photographer and environmentalist Ansel Easton Adams was born. He is best known for his black-and-white landscape photographs of the American West, especially Yosemite National Park. Together with Fred Archer, Adams developed the Zone System as a way to determine proper exposure and adjust the contrast of the final…
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