We are all casual users of photographic technology these days, thanks to our smart phones. A quick snap or vid and then upload to Instagram or TikTok, all good. Do you want to see what it used to take to make a photograph?
In the primary source database by Gale, Nineteenth Century Collections Online [MyLMU Login], there is an entire archive on the invention and advances made in photography, called “Photography: The World through the Lens.” In that archive is included the work of William Henry Fox Talbot, who invented the first photographic process capable of producing negative images on paper. The image here (to the right) is a photogenic drawing (no camera was used) by Talbot, made between 1839 and 1841. The database includes an album from his collection, as well as other rare photos showing off how quickly photographic technology advanced.