Camera Day is the perfect opportunity to learn about photography and take pictures with your friends. And it's the perfect time to learn about and appreciate the invention of the camera! Cameras have been around, in some form or another, since the early 1800s, so it’s easy for us to take for granted just how important they are to our lives.
History of the Camera
In the 1800s, there were several inventors working on different photographic methods, but most of the credit for inventing photography is often given to Louis Jacques Daguerre, who took his first fixed image in 1839 using a process that became known as Daguerreotype. This new technology quickly became popular, and by the 1850s there were many different types of cameras available.
In 1888, George Eastman introduced the first Kodak camera, which used a roll of film instead of metal plates. This made photography more accessible to the masses, and by the early 1900s, cameras were becoming increasingly small and portable. This made it easier for everyone to take pictures and share memories.
How the Camera has changed the world
The camera completely shaped the idea of modern fame and notoriety, before the camera, most people had no idea what famous people looked like. It was also impossible for people to experience other places or works of art without traveling themselves. They had no way of preserving what their children looked like as babies or what their relatives who lived far away looked like now. Drawings were the only way to get a likeness of a person and they could be altered and were most commonly only available to the rich. Life before cameras was a life of only even seeing your own little corner of the world and keeping the memories in your head.
Celebrate Camera Day
We owe a lot to that thing most of now use daily without a second thought. Camera Day is a day to reflect on everything the camera has done for and to honor it as much more than just another app on our phones.