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History of Photography: Oscar Rejlander
The battle for photography's place in the fine art world is a road that is long and seemingly never ending...
History of Photography: Is Photography Art?
Is photography art? This seemingly simple question is anything but. Since the earliest days of photography, critics and photographers themselves...
History of Photography: Brady, Gardner, and The Civil War
It's odd to think of war as a way for photographers to hone their skills. In the Spring of 1861...
History of Photography: Photos as Propaganda
As photography evolved, one theme remained fairly constant in the public's opinion: seeing is believing. People generally regarded photographic prints...
History of Photography: Muybridge and Marey
Between the 1850's and 1880's two men, Eadweard Muybridge and Etienne-Jules Marey both were using photography to further the study...
History of Photography: Stereoscopic Photography
Stereostopic photography is yet another blip in the history of photography where the photograph was still working to find its'...
History of Photography: Retouching & Enlarging Makes Waves
In today's world, it's hard to wrap our heads around a time when retouching and enlarging photos wasn't not only...
History of Photography: Studio Forefathers Push Photography Forward
The collodion process in general was fairly inexpensive, which in and of itself helped propel photography forward. It also encouraged...
History of Photography: The Cabinet Photo
The carte-de-visite reigned supreme in the public's taste until around 1866. Cartes were great, but rather tiny. Soon, demand for...
History of Photography: Lillian Bassman, Fashion & Commercial Photographer
I'm filling in for Lisa Robinson's History of Photography column this week. I'm jumping forward in time to highlight groundbreaking...
History of Photography: The Carte-de-Visite
In 1854, a photographer by the name of André Disdéri patented a new take on the collodion process called the...
Ambrotypes and Tintypes
In my last History of Photography article, I talked about the wet plate, or collodion process and how it was...
Lisa Robinson's weekly History of Photography Column

History of Photography: Oscar Rejlander

The battle for photography’s place in the fine art world is a road that is long and seemingly never ending at times, even today. In the 1800’s especially, photography struggled for a place at the table and one man, in

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The history of photography Civil War Photographs Brady and Gardner

History of Photography: Is Photography Art?

Is photography art? This seemingly simple question is anything but. Since the earliest days of photography, critics and photographers themselves have questioned if it’s purely a mechanical, commercial process or one that is intrinsically woven as another thread into the

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The history of photography Civil War Photographs Brady and Gardner

History of Photography: Photos as Propaganda

As photography evolved, one theme remained fairly constant in the public’s opinion: seeing is believing. People generally regarded photographic prints as evidence of truth and reality. Steadily becoming more mobile, photographers tended to photograph scenes of current events wide, because

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Lisa Robinson's weekly History of Photography Column

History of Photography: Muybridge and Marey

Between the 1850’s and 1880’s two men, Eadweard Muybridge and Etienne-Jules Marey both were using photography to further the study of locomotion (or movement) of humans and animals. However, they both had different approaches and motives. The Running Horse Muybridge

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Lisa Robinson's weekly History of Photography Column

History of Photography: Stereoscopic Photography

Stereostopic photography is yet another blip in the history of photography where the photograph was still working to find its’ true identity. It’s based on binocular vision, which is the action of the brain associating two slightly different images (each

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Lisa Robinson's weekly History of Photography Column

History of Photography: The Cabinet Photo

The carte-de-visite reigned supreme in the public’s taste until around 1866. Cartes were great, but rather tiny. Soon, demand for a larger format became more loud. People also wanted more detail in their photos (which a larger format would provide).

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Lisa Robinson's weekly History of Photography Column

History of Photography: The Carte-de-Visite

In 1854, a photographer by the name of André Disdéri patented a new take on the collodion process called the Carte-de-Visite (or Carte, for short). Though they could be a singular image, Cartes were often multiple exposures taken onto a

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The history of photography Civil War Photographs Brady and Gardner

Ambrotypes and Tintypes

In my last History of Photography article, I talked about the wet plate, or collodion process and how it was quickly adopted as the status quo in the industry. Like many things that are popular, offshoots are invented by people

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The history of photography Civil War Photographs Brady and Gardner

History of Photography: Photos as Propaganda

As photography evolved, one theme remained fairly constant in the public’s opinion: seeing is believing. People generally regarded photographic prints as evidence of truth and reality. Steadily becoming more mobile, photographers tended to photograph scenes of current events wide, because

Read More
Lisa Robinson's weekly History of Photography Column

History of Photography: Muybridge and Marey

Between the 1850’s and 1880’s two men, Eadweard Muybridge and Etienne-Jules Marey both were using photography to further the study of locomotion (or movement) of humans and animals. However, they both had different approaches and motives. The Running Horse Muybridge

Read More
Lisa Robinson's weekly History of Photography Column

History of Photography: Stereoscopic Photography

Stereostopic photography is yet another blip in the history of photography where the photograph was still working to find its’ true identity. It’s based on binocular vision, which is the action of the brain associating two slightly different images (each

Read More
Lisa Robinson's weekly History of Photography Column

History of Photography: The Cabinet Photo

The carte-de-visite reigned supreme in the public’s taste until around 1866. Cartes were great, but rather tiny. Soon, demand for a larger format became more loud. People also wanted more detail in their photos (which a larger format would provide).

Read More
Lisa Robinson's weekly History of Photography Column

History of Photography: The Carte-de-Visite

In 1854, a photographer by the name of André Disdéri patented a new take on the collodion process called the Carte-de-Visite (or Carte, for short). Though they could be a singular image, Cartes were often multiple exposures taken onto a

Read More
The history of photography Civil War Photographs Brady and Gardner

Ambrotypes and Tintypes

In my last History of Photography article, I talked about the wet plate, or collodion process and how it was quickly adopted as the status quo in the industry. Like many things that are popular, offshoots are invented by people

Read More
The history of photography Civil War Photographs Brady and Gardner

Rise of The Wet Plate Process

After Talbot introduced the calotype (see my previous article here), the world was in search of something photographic in between the calotype’s unique paper characteristics and the daguerreotype’s pristine, crystal clear detail. In the 1840’s photographers began making the move

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The history of photography Civil War Photographs Brady and Gardner

The Calotype: An Overview

In my last history of photography article, I talked about William Henry Fox Talbot, the inventor of the Calotype. Here, I want to explore how the calotype evolved within photography and how it evolved the photographic world. In the 1840’s,

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The history of photography Civil War Photographs Brady and Gardner

William Henry Fox Talbot: An Overview

William Henry Fox Talbot was an English scientist and scholar in the early 1800’s. Although he was a contemporary of Daguerre, his contributions to photography were independent of what was going on with Daguerre and in mainland Europe. In 1834,

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