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Illustrated History of Photography

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

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Italian Scientist Giovanni Battista Della Porta suggested in his “Magiae Naturalis”, the applications to portraiture, landscapes, and the copying of other paintings. He details specified construction, that a conical hole be installed in the shutter of a darkened room and that the image would appear upside down and reversed from left to right. He even address benefits from lens. With a lens, he wrote, "You will see everything clearer, the faces of men walking in the street, the colors, clothes, and everything as if you stood nearby."

Della Porta, (1538-1615)