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Honors 208W Fall 2011 Digital Images: Art, Science, and Ethics View from the Window at Le Gras - Nicéphore Niépce, 1826
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Notes © 2005-2011 : Evan Golub ([email protected]) In the beginning… I have seized the light! I have arrested his flight! The sun himself in [the] future shall draw my pictures! - Louis Daguerre, ca. 1838 (Note: I have found several variants on the wording/translation of this quote, as well as the year of the quote.)
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Notes © 2005-2011 : Evan Golub ([email protected]) Origins of the Camera • Camera Obscura (from Latin, for “dark chamber”) – Started as a dark room with a small hole in one wall being used to project an (inverted) image of the outside world onto the opposite wall. – Concept dates back to Aristotle (ca. 330BC). The date of the first practical use is disputed. – Devices of various sizes were used to allow people to trace the real-world images that were projected. – Evolved into the pinhole camera. • Camera Lucida (from Latin, for “light chamber”) – Not actually a room or chamber at all. – Also meant to assist in drawing. – Reportedly very difficult to actually use. – This difficulty is said to have “inspired” photography pioneer Talbot.
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Notes © 2005-2011 : Evan Golub ([email protected]) Origins of the Photograph • Joseph Nicéphore Niépce (knee-ps) – First permanent photograph, circa 1826. Pewter plate coated with bitumen. Where the bitumen had been exposed to light, it
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This note was uploaded on 01/13/2012 for the course HONR 208W taught by Professor Golub during the Fall '11 term at Maryland.

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