Chapter 6A Legacy of Historical Techniques

The mirror represents the objects faithfully but retains them not; our canvas shows them with the same exactness and retains them all. 1

Tiphaigne de la Roche

Leonardo da Vinci first advocated the use of the camera obscura, or dark room, as an aid to drawing. It wasn’t until 1827, a little over 300 years later, that Joseph Nicéphore Niépce in France produced the first successful picture image created from chemical materials that hardened after an eight-hour exposure to light. Just 50 years beyond that time in 1878, Scientific American published an article on Eadweard Muybridge’s animal and locomotion photographic sequences, and then a few years later when George Eastman introduced flexible, photographic ...

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