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Historic Camera
Illustrated History of Photography

The People, Photographic Inventions, Cameras and Time Line of Photography

Our illustrated History of Photography section is self guided slide show. Just site back, click and enjoy.

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The Camera Obscura, translated as dark room, dates back to the Chinese philosopher Mo-Ti in the 5th century BC.

( Camera Obscura, Reinerus Gemma-Frisius, 1544 )
However it is documented by Leonardo DaVinci in his 1490 writings. Camera Obscura is the physics that a very small hole in a box in a very dark room on a bright day will direct light to create an image, that is outside the hole, turned upside down.