Today we’re going to take a look at some of the most interesting facts from the history of Photography.
Let’s dive in:
1. The word “Photography” comes from the Greek, meaning to draw with light. The earliest known use of the word photograph as we know it was in 1839 by the astronomer Sir John Herschel.
2. The first photograph ever taken was by a French scientist named Joseph Nicéphore Niépce. He captured the image with a camera obscura in 1826. The famous image took eight hours to capture because of the long exposure needed for the camera. The image was actually lost for nearly 50 years before historians rediscovered it.
3. Some of the most popular subjects of photography in the 1800s were corpses. Many famous individuals were famously photographed after their deaths, like the Clantons and McLaurys who died in the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. But it wasn’t only the famous who found themselves as posthumous models; regular people were often photographed after death also.
4. The company, Kodak, was founded by George Eastman in 1888. When asked, Eastman claimed that the word “Kodak” had no meaning behind it. He said that the letter K seemed “a strong, incisive sort of letter.”
5. The most expensive camera ever sold was a Leica 0-Series camera, a 1923 prototype for the gr