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World's First Camera - know what made 'Hollywood' possible

Camera is probably the only device that helps us in preserving our precious memories, in capturing the beauty of mother nature. Without this invention, we would've never experienced the awesomeness of movies.


The above image is the first ever photograph taken by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce in 1816 using probably the first ever camera.


The quote below by Sally Mann beautifully puts how powerful the invention of camera had been in shaping our world.

Photographs open doors into the past, but they also a look into the future. - Sally Mann

Let's go through the long history of how we got our first camera and how it evolved through the years.


Year 1685: First Camera design

Johann Zahn, a German author wrote a ton about camera obscuras, lenses, and telescopes, thus creating the design for the first handheld reflex camera, 150 years ahead of any person.


Year 1816: First Photograph (shown above)

French inventor Joseph Nicéphore Niépce is the first person to take a partially successful photograph in 1816 on a paper coated with silver chloride, using a homemade camera.


Year 1888: Birth of "Kodak"

After seven decades, it was George Eastman from America that created the first commercially available camera, popularly known as "Kodak". He also started using celluloid film instead of paper film for capturing photographs.



If you search in Google for "Who invented the first camera?", you will get lots of images showing a huge camera like structure (image-to-the-left).


My only question to those images is, "Which camera took that photograph?".




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