A Timeline of the Evolution of Film Photography
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A Timeline of the Evolution of Film Photography

Analogue photography, also known as film photography, has been around for over a century. It is a beloved art form that has stood the test of time and continues to be a popular choice among photographers today. In this blog post, we will dive into the history of film photography and explore the key technological advancements of this beloved medium.

Frederick Scott Archer, the inventor of the wet plate process

Frederick Scott Archer, the inventory of the wet plate process.

1826-1851: The invention of the daguerreotype process marked the beginning of photography as we know it, and was the first publicly available photographic process popular until the 1850s.

1851-1888: The invention of the wet plate process by Englishman Frederick Scott Archer in marked a significant improvement in the speed and quality of photographs. He published his invention in The Chemist in March 1851, without patenting it, giving it as a gift to the world.

1888-1935: The invention of celluloid film in 1888 by George Eastman marked the beginning of the modern era of film photography. Celluloid film was more flexible and stable than previous photographic mediums, making it a popular choice for both amateur and professional photographers.

1935-1985: The introduction of colour film in 1935 by Kodak marked a significant change in the world of photography. Color film allowed photographers to capture images in colour, bringing a new level of realism to photography. In the following years, many different types of colour film were developed, each with their own unique properties.

1985- current: In the mid-1980s, digital photography started to gain traction, and by the early 2000s, digital cameras surpassed film cameras in sales. However, film photography is still alive and well and has seen a resurgence in popularity in recent years with photographers finding the unique look and tactile nature of film to be appealing.

The history of film photography is a rich and fascinating one, full of innovation and creativity. Today, we are lucky to have access to all of the technology that was developed over the years, from the earliest cameras to the most advanced film stocks and processing techniques.

This technology has allowed us to capture some of the most iconic and beautiful images of all time, and it continues to inspire photographers of all levels to this day. However, it's important to remember that this technology is not just about nostalgia, it is also about preserving an important aspect of our history and culture. Film photography is not only a medium for art but also a way to document the world around us. It's vital to keep this technology alive and accessible to everyone, so that future generations can continue to appreciate and learn from the legacy of film photography

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