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Early Photography

This lesson will examine the invention of photography and some examples of early photography.
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Notes on "Early Photography"

Key Terms

Camera Obscura

Literally a vaulted or darkened chamber/room; an optical device that projects an image of the surroundings on a screen or wall.


Invented by Louis J. M. Daguerre in France 1839, the first commercial photographic process producing a permanent direct positive image on a copper plate without the use of a negative.

Direct Positive Process

Making a one of a kind photograph without the use of a negative. Daguerreotypes use this technique.

Negative Prints

A photographic film that generates a negative of an image on a strip or sheet of film which can be used to process a reversed order image called a print.

Pinhole Camera

A simple camera without a lens and a single aperture. Basically, a lightproof box with a small hole in one side containing a piece of photographic paper.


Invented by William Henry Fox Talbot, 1839, it is the first photographic process using negatives and paper.

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