Have you ever asked yourself a question: What kind of world could we live in now if no outstanding person had invented the device that could capture the image of a person or a landscape? We could lose a great variety of kinds of art like movie and photography. We could not have an opportunity to look through the magazines with photos of some celebrities that we see at every step while walking along the streets. Such notions like show- and model-business could have no sense at all! No cinema, no photos, no recollections remained after crazy holidays, school years, University studies…parents, grandparents, people that are no longer alive-it all could be lost…
Luckily nowadays we have all the necessary equipment that helps us to prevent the things mentioned above happen. First, roll-film cameras, then digital ones, webcams, and today the market offers us a wide range of cell phones equipped with certain cameras as well. We got used to all these things and take them for granted though few know what the first camera invented was like, when it was “born”, and thanks to whom.
It is believed that the very idea of creating such a device appeared long ago, before the middle ages. An Arab mathematician named Ibn Al-Haytham created the first model of camera, but the principle of its building was well known even earlier, in Aristotle period. Sounds quite impressive, isn’t it?
But in fact the first pictures appeared relatively not so long ago. 1826 was the year when the Frenchmen Charles and Vincent Chevalier built the first camera that COULD produce photos, but the principle of making pictures themselves was created by a different person - Joseph Nicephore Niepce. Only 58 years later the prototype of a modern device (nowadays known as Kodak) was made by George Eastman. Though the history of this very “stuff” is rather long, a guess we can easily call THIS one the first REAL camera invented.
The time passes, things and people change, requirements grow. Some 50 years ago our grandparents could not imagine the possibility of having their (or somebody else’s) picture taken and seeing what has come out of it right away. It seems ridiculous to our generation, we got accustomed to it and see no “magic”. Still some people may feel some nostalgia for the past, e.g. while watching movies with Charlie Chaplin, and notice all the charm in those huge boxes and strange flash guns, that were used to take photos.
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