Art100 Su12Module04.1


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Art100 Su12Module04.1

  2. 2. The origins of the “camera” These diagrams are two early depictions of the workings of the “camera obscura” (dark room”), in which an external image enters a darkened chamber through a pinhole opening and appears upside down on the opposite wall.
  3. 3. The original“camera” is asbig as a walk-incloset!
  4. 4. Slowly the camera obscuragets smaller and moreportable. Here it hascontracted to the size a smallcabinet with legs.
  5. 5. The origins of the “camera”Gradually it shrinks to a tabletop apparatus, and finally, to the size of a small box.
  6. 6. The origins of the “camera”With the room-size camera obscura now contracted into a small box, the pinholereplaced with a lens that permits focusing, and a mirror installed to reverse theimage, all that remains is to find a way of making the reflected image permanent.
  7. 7. The physics and optics ofthe camera are put togetherfirst, but the chemistryremains to be cracked.
  8. 8. As often happens in the history of technology, multiple competing solutions appear at more or less the same time.It turns out that a number of alternative chemical solutions to the problem are developed.Use these links to see some of the possibilities that were explored by early photographers:  raphy_-_processes.htm   iques.asp#
  9. 9. Today some photographersstill enjoy experimentingwith different techniquesfrom the 19th century.
  10. 10. This link shows how the different kinds of 19th photographs have aged differently, detailing how these photographs (which are stored in many libraries and archived collections) may appear today and can be properly classified. This is the kind of information that people who work closely with historical objects have in mind. hotographTypesatTheW.S.HooleSpecialCollectio nsLibrary.htm
  11. 11. The dominant technology is France is invented by Niepce in conjunction with Daguerre.
  12. 12. Joseph NicéphoreNièpce, View from the Window atLe Gras, c. 1826, heliograph “the first photograph”
  13. 13. Joseph NicéphoreNièpce, View from the Window atLe Gras, c. 1826, sketch by Helmut Gernsheim
  14. 14. Joseph NicéphoreNièpce, View from the Window atLe Gras, 1826, 1952 print
  15. 15. Joseph NicéphoreNièpce, View from the Window atLe Gras, 1826, 2002 print
  17. 17. “daguerreotype”
  18. 18. Early daguerreotypes View of San Francisco, 1848
  19. 19. Early daguerreotypes P
  20. 20. Early daguerreotypes Group of 10 unidentified boys, Date unknownThe Barton family dog, Nero, 1848
  21. 21. In England, a competingprocess was invented byWilliam Henry Fox Talbot. Hecalled his process the“calotype.”
  22. 22. Talbot, Bust ofPatroclus, 1839
  23. 23. Talbot, Articles ofGlass, 1839
  24. 24. Books in a Library
  25. 25. Talbot, “The Haystack,” 1839
  26. 26. Nadar’s studio, 35 boulevard desCapucines GaspardFélixTournachon, “Nadar”
  27. 27. Daumier, “Nadar, elevatingthe status of photography toan art,” May 1862
  28. 28. Nadar, Portrait of SarahBernhardt
  29. 29. Disdéri, Portrait of RosaBonheur, c. 1871
  30. 30. Disdéri and the carte devisite, uncut sheet of cartes-devisite of Sarah Bernhardt
  31. 31. Queen Victoria in carte-de-visite format
  32. 32. Disdéri, UnidentifiedBallerina, uncut sheet ofcarte-de-visite photographs
  33. 33. Disdéri, Self Portrait