History of Photography Timeline

1814

Joseph Nicephore Niepce takes the first photographic image using camera obscura which is basically a box with a pinhole that projects images onto paper. It needed eight hours of light exposure and the image faded later.

1837

Louis-Jacques-Mande Daguerre created the first fixed image that did not fade using his daguerretype. This image only took 30 minutes of light exposure.

1840

Alexander Wolcott recieved that first American patent in photography for his camera.

1841

The Calotype process is patented by William Henry Talbot. This process was this first negative-positive process which made the first multiple copies possible.

1851

The Collodian process was in vented by Frederick Scott Archer. This process only required images having two or three seconds of light exposure.

1884

Flexible, paper-based photographic film is invented by George Eastman.

1888

The Kodak roll-film camera is patented by George Eastman.

1900

The Brownie is the first mass-marketed camera.

1913/1914

First 35mm still camera is developed.

1953-1954

Kodak introduces Kodachrome film, Kodacolor negative film, and high speed Tri-x film.

1960

An extreme depth underwater camera is developed for the U.S. Navy by EGandG.

1968

A photograph of the Earth from the moon is taken.

1978

The first autofocus, point-and-shoot camera is introduced by Konica.

1984

The first digital electronic still camera is introduced by Canon.