Sunday, May 31, 2009

Abraham Lincoln by Mathew Brady

Mathew Brady
Abraham Lincoln
The National Archives, D.C.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Lumière Brothers, Example of early color photography

Lumière Brothers
Young Lady with an Umbrella
Fondation Nationale de la Photographie, Lyons, France

Lewis Hine, Breaker Boys

This is one of my favorite photographs:

Lewis Hine
Breaker Boys, Noon hour in the Ewen Breaker, Pennsylvania Coal Co. Location: South Pittston, Pennsylvania
January 1911
The Library of Congress

Poster Child (or Poster Children?) for Child Labor Laws and Black Lung

It's a nice little find on the Library of Congress website.

Head Rest for Sitters in Long Exposure

This is a handy little device, a head rest, used back in the olden times during photo sessions. Exposure times were often very long so they needed to keep the head still during exposure to prevent blurriness.

Portable Outfit used for outdoor photography in the 1850s

Portable Outfit used for outdoor photography in the 1850s. The backpack includes darkroom tent, camera, tripod, picture taking and process materials.

He's got baggage...photographic baggage.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Edward's Darkroom Tent

I bet this guy would be envious of digital cameras...heheh

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Niepce's Heliography experiments

Comparison between the original engraving and the heliography of Joseph Nicephore Niepce.

The Wet Plate Collodion Process

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Holmes Stereoscope

This is a Holmes Stereoscope used for viewing images in 3D. Like a primitive Viewmaster.

Camera Obscura

Camera Obscura

A Camera Obscura. The image formed by the lens (B) and reflected by the mirror (M) on the ground glass (N) is traced. From A. Ganot, Traité élémentaire de physique (Paris: 1855)

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Wollaston's Camera Lucida

Illustration from 1807

Large Portable Camera Obscura

This is a Large Portable Camera Obscura. (I would hate to have to haul that thing around!)
It's an etching from 1646 by Athanasius Kircher.

Camera Obscura Image

The first published illustration of a camera obscura observing a solar eclipse in January 1544. More camera obscura images to come!