Like any other field of art or technology, photography has been changing and evolving over the years. But there were some moments that significantly changed the course of photography history. In this video, Tony & Chelsea Northrup bring you ten of these important moments and discuss how they affected photography.
Tony and Chelsea start with the introduction of Daguerreotype in 1839, almost two centuries ago. They go all the way to our days and the moment when Nikon and Canon introduced mirrorless cameras. These are the moments they discuss. Make sure to watch the entire video and hear more about the importance of these historic moments.
- 1839 – the introduction of Daguerreotype
- 1900 – the introduction of Kodak Brownie, the first consumer camera
- 1927 – Leica adopts 35mm film
- 1945 – Allied occupation of Japan, camera companies start developing their business again after the Second World War
- 1959 – Nikon introduces F Mount and popularizes SLR cameras
- 1987 – Canon develops the EOS and electronic AF
- 2000 – digital cameras start taking over
- 2007 – the first iPhone (2 MP camera, remember that?)
- 2016 – the rise of computational photography in smartphones
- 2018 – Nikon and Canon (finally) launch full-frame mirrorless cameras
Just like Alex of FStoppers and numerous YouTube users who left their comments on the video, I’d add one more moment on the list: the introduction of the Polaroid. Instant cameras were the first to bring us instant results, before digital cameras and smartphones. Because of that, it’s also a moment that changed people’s view of photography. After all, Instagram was inspired by those instant photos. In the beginning, at least.
Would you agree with Tony’s and Chelsea’s list? Which moments in photography history would you add to this list?