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Photography: An Overview
From their first appearance in 1839, photographic images appealed both to American audiences and to critics in search of ways to define American culture.
The camera itself is based on optical principles known at least since the age of Aristotle; indeed, a filmless version was in use in the mid-1500s as a sketching device for artists. Called the camera obscura (Lat.,=dark chamber), it consisted of a small, lightproof box with a pinhole or lens on one side and a translucent screen on the opposite side.
1895–1965, American photographer, b. Hoboken, N.J. From 1916 until 1932, Lange operated a portrait studio. During the Depression she took her camera into the streets of San Francisco where she began to make exceptionally powerful images of people, which speak of the time and the world in which they were made;
The development of film over the past century can be divided into two parts. First, there are many technical developments that helped to create and cultivate the motion picture industry. Second, several artistic and narrative discoveries helped filmmakers to develop the full aesthetic potential of film.
Film Catagories and Genres
Cinema, more than any other art form, has an immediacy that can set the pulse racing by catapulting viewers into death-defying situations in far-off times and places.
Movie-making as an art and an industry, including its production techniques, its creative artists, and the distribution and exhibition of its products (see also motion picture photography; Motion Picture Cameras under camera).
American Museum of Photography
The American Museum of Photography is an award-winning Virtual Museum dedicated to educating, informing, and sharing great photographs with millions of Internet visitors world-wide. Exhibitions are drawn from the Museum's Collection, started by Wm. B. Becker more than 35 years ago. The Collection includes five thousand individual images, from the earliest daguerreotype portraits to the work of Ansel Adams. Each photograph has been chosen for its visual impact as well as for the importance of its content.
George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film
We lead through practice and programs in the interpretation of photographic and motion picture heritage. We strive to inspire widespread recognition of how the media we collect, preserve, and understand broaden and enrich life.
Mathew Brady's National Portrait Gallery
This site is a virtual tour of all of Matthew Brady's photographs in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, taken throughout the 1800s.