|Ambrotype example from Luminous-Lint.com collection|
You Press the Button...
It was George Eastman, founder of Kodak, that coined the slogan, "you press the button, we do the rest," when he introduced the Kodak camera in 1888. It became one of the most well known advertising phrases of the late 19th century.
Photography has evolved and now in the 21st century, solid-state micro computer technological wonders have made pressing the button easier, or automatic, with ever amazing instantaneous results.
Bringing the Past into the Future
Yet, looking back over the advancement of photography from its early beginnings offers us the chance to realize the raw power that 'light writing' has had on the very fabric of our lives. In comparison to current day standards, what may appear to be archaic and crude photographic techniques of yesterday offered photographers a way to record life onto a variety of media ranging from paraffin paper, glass, and tin with astounding effect.
A late 20th century phenomenon has allowed the digitization of these treasured works to be kept and preserved for the ages by converting them into digital imagery. This same technology has permitted countless others to share and connect with them through online collections available across the entire globe.
A Fine Art Photography Online Collection
Luminous-Lint.com is one of the most respected website specializing in Fine Art Photography. It is the ultimate online resource for collectors and connoisseurs offering authoritative reference materials, online exhibitions, expert commentaries and reviews, press releases, calendars of auctions, exhibitions and shows, a specialist online bookstore, and much more.
This collection offers an Introduction to 19th Century Photograph Types that is is appealingly orchestrated by its curator Alan Griffiths, with contributions from numerous photographers and collectors. It includes both clear and easy-to-understand introduction dialogue with samples of a variety of photographic types including:
- Waxed paper negatives
- Salt prints
- Albumen prints
- Early Kodak camera formats
Visitors to this online collection have a window into the past, thanks to the digital technologies of today.
Do You Have Vintage Photos?
Do you have vintage photos buried within your families photo treasures and want to learn more about the various photograph types? Collections like Luminious-Lint are a great way to start. In addition, genealogy websites, such as Olivetreegenealogy.com have tutorials on identifying vintage photograph types and their origins.
We owe it to future generations where picture taking -based upon today's benchmark- will be simpler, faster, and more automatic than imaginable to keep and protect, then share and connect with our photographs of yesterday.
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