Thursday, December 8, 2011

2011: A Year in Review courtesy of Getty Images

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Friday, November 18, 2011

Louis Daguerre honoured with Google Doodle on 224th birthday

Today being the 224th anniversary of the birth of Louis Daguerre, Google search engine have opted to mark the occasion with a Doodle in his honour.

Louis Daguerre's 224th birthday

So who is Louis Daguerre and what is his relevance to photography? Well a whole lot actually. He was a French artist and physicist, recognized for his invention of the daguerreotype process of photography,  after whom it is named and said to be was the first commercially successful photographic process.
His discovery was made by an accident, according to the writer Robert Leggat, who said Daguerre put an exposed plate in a chemical cupboard in 1835 only to later find it have developed a latent image. - The Telegraph, 18/11/2011

This image by Daguerre, entitled Boulevard du Temple, was created using the technique he developed. It is purported to be:
"the first picture of a living person. The image shows a busy street, but due to exposure time of more than ten minutes, the traffic was moving too much to appear. The exceptions are the two people at the bottom left, one who stood still getting his boots polished by the other long enough to show." (from Wikimedia Commons)

Boulevard du Temple by Daguerre
Louis Daguerre [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

So happy birthday Louis Daguerre, who was born 224 years ago this day and of course is not around to be able to celebrate it with us, but we feel sure would appreciate the gesture if he was.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Introducing ... A to Z of Photography

Welcome to A to Z of Photography, a new website that is passionate about the world of still photography. Our passion embraces all aspects, discipline and detail of photography and we welcome everyone who shares in it.

Our A to Z of Photography is neither authoritative nor comprehensive. It is more like an ongoing project that will be revised and revisited as it grows. Our interest extends to practically every field of still photography but we do not hold ourselves out to be experts in any particular area.

We welcome the participation and collaboration of seasoned photographers just as we look forward to hearing from novices and newbies. Whoever you are, wherever you are, we are all united by our passion for the craft.

More to follow ...

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Hello World

The A to Z of Photography website will be appearing here shortly

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