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ancient monuments and photography

Overview page. Subjects: Photography and Photographs.

Almost from the moment photography was invented, the world's ancient monuments became a favourite subject; just two months after the Institut de France made public the details of Daguerre's...

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archaeology and photography

Overview page. Subjects: Photography and Photographs.

Photography radically changed earlier pictorial conventions by offering reliable representations of observed phenomena, and its ability to ‘surpass the works of the most accomplished...

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Australia

Overview page. Subjects: Photography and Photographs.

That Australia is the world's driest continent has influenced the nature of its earliest photography. Its first recorded photograph was a daguerreotype of Sydney taken in 1841 by a certain...

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cameras for special applications

Overview page. Subjects: Photography and Photographs.

The modern 35 mm SLR is the nearest that there has ever been to a ‘universal’ camera. Even such arcane applications as endoscopy can be tackled with appropriate accessories. But a ...

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cartography

Overview page. Subjects: History.

The science and craft of drawing maps and charts; on the latter, see charts and chart-making. In Babylonian and Greek antiquity the world was thought to be a disc surrounded ...

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celluloid

Overview page. Subjects: Arts and Humanities — Chemistry.

A transparent highly flammable substance made from cellulose nitrate with a camphor plasticizer. It was formerly widely used as a thermoplastic material, especially for film (a use now...

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economic and social aspects of photographic innovation

Overview page. Subjects: Photography and Photographs.

Photography arrived at an economically inauspicious moment: in the autumn of 1839, the USA, Britain, and Europe suffered a sharp recession that lasted until 1843. In Britain and France,...

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formats, plate and film

Overview page. Subjects: Photography and Photographs.

Plates

Before about 1920 almost all photographic prints were contact prints. Enlargers did exist, but most print materials required a long exposure to daylight to produce an image....

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lenses and eyeglasses

Overview page. Subjects: Photography and Photographs.

Although burning glasses and magnifiers have been used since pre-Christian antiquity, a sophisticated geometrical analysis of the refracting properties of glass appears first in the Optica ...

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local history

Overview page. Subjects: History.

In medieval England chiefly took the form of histories of particular monasteries and their estates. A good example is the Abingdon Chronicle, c.1160. More comprehensive local history was...

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