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February 23 rd , 2012 Early History of Photography The Camera Obscura “The Dark Room” Camera obscura has a long history with fine art Aristotle: Light entering tiny hole in wall of dark room casts inverted image on opposite wall Leonardo Da Vinci: mentions such optical projection as an aid to drawing Renaissance period Used obscura/projector as a way to project and trace a drawing instead of drawing it out 16 th C: lens used to make image brighter helps the image 17 th century portable camera obscura: small box with a lens at one end and a screen at other “Pull”: Demand for Inexpensive Portraits 18 th C: rise of middle classes Silhouettes : less expensive A sitter was placed in front of a screen in daylight or in front of a candle so that their shadow could be shown Artist would trace the shadow Lithography: method of printing an image etched onto a stone or metal plate Other “pulls”: Sturken and Cartwright P185: “Photography emerged as a popular visual technology because it fit certain emerging social concepts and needs of the time- modern ideas about the individual in the
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This note was uploaded on 02/26/2012 for the course COMM comm taught by Professor Mills during the Spring '12 term at NYU.

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