The Evolution of Photography

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Photography- The Evolution of Photography

Photography is the profession chosen by many youngsters. It has now been an inseparable part of our lives. Are you interested in knowing the evolution of photography?

Photography- The Evolution of Photography

The evolution of Photography is indeed an interesting topic. Let’s get started from the beginning till the date.

Camera Obscura

Camera Obscura is the earliest Camera mentioned in history.

Invented in China around 500 BCE – 1600 CE.

Early Optics

At the beginning of the 16th century, Leonard da Vinci drafted instructions and diagrams on the Camera Obscura.

First Portable Camera

Photography- The Evolution of Photography

The world’s first portable camera was designed in 1685 by Johann Zahn.

World’s First Photograph

The world’s first photography was shot by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce in 1826.

It was captured on a sheet of metal spread with chemicals on it.

It took 8hrs for him to capture the photograph.


Around 1839 photography emerged as a new industry. A process that was a mix of art and technology which consisted of a metal plate known as Daguerreotype became popular from 1839.

It was an expensive technology back then! 

Early Camera

Companies like Zeiss and Leitz started to manufacture special lenses photography.

In 1841 Voightlander introduced a camera for metal plates.


In 1848 the first photograph of workers revolt in France went to the newspapers for the first time.

Since then, photography has become an inseparable part of journalism.

We can’t even imagine newspapers without photos now!


Photography- The Evolution of Photography

Kodak is the world’s first commercial camera.

George Eastman commercialised Kodak on September 4 in1888.

It consisted of roll-film and was the first successful hand camera.

Motion Pictures

A revolution in photography occurred in 1878 which took photography to next level.

Now it was possible to capture moving pictures.

Edweard Muybridge put forth the solution on capturing moving pictures.


The movie cameras used 35mm film (commonly known as 135 formats) to capture 18*24mm image frame.

It was in 1913 when Oskar Barnack designed a prototype still camera that could transport the camera horizontally, hence capturing a 24*36mm image frame.


On February 21, 1947, Edwin Land showcased the first instant camera.


In 1957 the single-lens-reflex camera named Pentax was introduced by Asahi Optical, Japan.

Photography- The Evolution of Photography

Nikon F a 35mm SLR was launched in 1959.

Nikon has a professional calibre and consisted of motors drives, lenses, and other accessories around it.

Polacolor film

In 1963, Polacolor film was introduced by Polaroid.

The Polacolor film allowed to capture colour images.


In 1991, the first-ever DSLR (Digital SLR) was introduced by Kodak.

The Kodak Digital Camera System had inbuilt had 1.3 megapixels to capture images.

The Kodak DCS also had sensors!

Camera Phone

Photography- The Evolution of Photography

The first camera phone was introduced by the Samsung SCH-V200 in June 2000.

It opened door to a whole new era of photography.

Mobile photography developed a lot that we can’t imagine our mobile phones without cameras now!

It is interesting to know about how technologies like photography evolved around time.

From taking 8hrs to capture the first photo to less than 8-microsecond photography came a long way!

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