The Four Stages of Photography



Jerry Burchfield, Lemore Rana, Prunus myrtifolia, Primal Images Amazonas, from “The Paradise Suite,” 2000.

Photograph (from the Oxford English Dictionary, obsolete): A picture or other image obtained by the chemical action of light or other radiation on specially sensitized materials such as film or glass.

The Four Stages of Photography

I.   Contact printing processes using materials of low light sensitivity.

II.  Image capture through the use of latent images in silver compounds.

III. Image capture using electronic sensors.

IV. Printing systems utilizing digital files.


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