History of Photography Timeline
Timeline Description: The photograph has been a thing of great value since its invention almost two hundred years ago. Today, photos are snapped with cameras, phones, and tablets; they are printed, posted, and saved with care.

Date Event
1826 The first permanent photo

The idea of photography had been brewing for a few years, and a Frenchman named Nicephore Niepce used the photosensitivity of bitumen to produce the first permanent photo. He photographed a view of nature.
1829 A partnership

Niepce joined forces with a man named Jacques Louis Mande Dauguerre. Together, they had a single goal—perfecting the photograph.
1839 The first practical process

After ten years, Dauguerre produced the first practical photographic process. It was named the daguerreotype, and it used mirror-like images on a copper plate, and it was developed with mercury.
1841 A paper process

An Englishman named William Talbot, who had been working on photography for a few years, developed a new process using paper instead of copper plates. He developed the images using gallic acid.
1850 New developments

Others wanted to develop even better, perhaps faster, ways of using photography. Frederick Archer tried using sticky, salty glass; Louis-Dsire Blanquart-Evrard tried using egg whites.
1851 The process evolves

Because many were trying to improve the process, the process continued to change. The ambrotype was introduced and used for the next several years; it eventually used a wet collodion negative and a paper positive.
1860 Photographing the president

An American photographer named Matthew Brady was the first to photograph an American president. He took a picture of Abraham Lincoln visiting New York.
1873 Celluloid film

John Wesley Hyatt had been working on a new invention for several years. He finally patented it in 1873, and it was the celluloid film.
1877 Pictures in motion

Eadweard Muybridge developed a shutter for his camera. This allowed him to photograph images in motion; up to that point the subject of a picture had to be still for long periods of time.
1887 Kodak is trademarked

George Eastman had been in the camera business for several years before he developed Kodak. He trademarked the brand, and it quickly caught on.
1895 The X-ray

A German named Wilhelm Roentgen invented a type of photograph that would revolutionize the medical world. He named it the x-ray.
1907 The first color camera

Up until this point, photographs were in black and white. Auguste and Louis Lumiere introduced the Autochrome, the first color camera available to the public.
1924 Photograph through wires

Using wires, AT&T sent a photograph across a distance. This opened the doors for the picture transmission of television.
1925 New developments(1925-1963)

Over the next forty years the camera evolved at a fast pace. Photocopying became possible, the zoom lens was developed, the Polaroid was released, and the point-and-shoot camera was put out by Kodak.
1992 Digital film(1992 and beyond)

In 1992 Kodak introduced a revolutionary development that would change the face of photography again. Storing pictures on a CD led to digital film including digital cameras, digital picture frames, and cameras on phones and tablets.