Capturing Reality (03:41)
In the last 150 years pictures have become part of how we see reality. Photos reflect who and what we are, and the things we most value.
Early Photography: Daguerreotypes (02:15)
Daguerre, a Frenchmen, makes the first successful images in 1839. The first photographers are viewed as magicians by an in awed public. The daguerreotype process is very cumbersome.
Democratizing Images (04:12)
Early photography is slow, expensive, and a highly specialized upper-class pastime. Photography revolutionizes portraiture. The general public is soon able to preserve images for posterity.
Medium for the Masses (02:55)
George Eastman simplifies handheld photo making. The public responds by recording their memories and life histories. Photos have a place, time, and even an economic standing.
Changes in the Media (03:42)
Twentieth century news photography replaces hand illustrations. Photography brings the public into stories with both new places and faces. "Life" magazine captures world images for the masses.
Power of Photography (05:12)
Photos put us at a particular time and place. Photos make meaning, and define and change attitudes. Photo images reinforce symbols and help the public evoke changing national consciousness.
Truthfulness of Images (03:55)
Photographers subjectively decide what to include in their images. Today, digital technology through manipulation puts an image's factualness into question.
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