Photography Timeline (1490-present)

1490

Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) diagrams the first camera, the Camera Obscura.

1646

By means of the Dutch, the camera obscura arrives in Nagasaki, Japan.

1725-1727

Johann Heinrich Schulze discovers that certain liquids change color when exposed to light.

1760

Tiphaigne de la Roche predicts photography in Giphantie.

1765

7th of March, Frenchman Joseph Nicéphore Niépce is born. He is famed as the first person to create a photograph.

1777

Carl Wilhelm Scheele proves ammonia stabilizes darkened silver salts.

1786

Gilles-Louis Chrétien develops the Physionotrace for profile portraits.

1788

Otsuki Gentaku, an apprentice of Sugita Genpaku, describes, in an essay, the camera obscura, pronounced "donkuru-kaamuru" in Japanese

1794

Robert Barker opens the first Panorama, prototype of future movie houses.

1802

Thomas Wedgwood successfully captures images, but the silhouettes could not survive and hence where only temporary.

1806

William Hyde Wollaston invents the camera lucida.

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