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  • Photography

  • The first photograph ever - 1826View from the Window at Gras By: Joseph Nicphore Nipce

  • The DaguerreotypeThe father of a dead girl holds her body in his arms. The mourning picture was a common use for the daguerreotype.

  • The first nude photograph ever - 1839

  • I always thought of photography as a naughty thing to do that was one of my favourite things about it. Diane Arbus (Sontag, pp 150)

  • 1888: First Kodak camera

  • You press the button, we do the rest

  • The first digital camera prototype - 1975

  • The importance of capturing a moment in time

  • DigitizationManipulation

  • (Sontag, 1977: 3)To collect photographs is to collect the world

  • Mallarm said that everything in the world exists in order to end in a book

  • Today, everything exists to end in a photograph. (Sontag, 1977: 156)

    ***Photographs may be more memorable than moving images, they are a neat slice of time, not a flow (Sontag pp152)*Photographs give people an imaginary possession of a past that is unreal (Sontag, pp 148)*It was a surprisingly short amount of time between the first photograph and the first nude photograph. **Pre-loaded with 100 exposures. After all the shots were taken, the whole camera was returned to the Kodak company in Rochester, New York, where the film was developed, prints were made, new photographic film was inserted, and then the camera and prints were returned to the customer. **most of us dont even remember film cameras. Digital cameras are the tool of choice. They offer film-less photography. So you dont need to worry about wasted photos.*Newspapers, magazines and internet news sites all rely heavily on photos that fulfill their prophecy of being worth a thousand words.**Photographs furnish evidence. Something we hear about, but doubt, seems proven when were shown a photograph of it.*Photographs are the most irresistible form of mental pollution (pp 156)*Needing to have reality confirmed and experience enhanced by photographs is an aesthetic consumerism to which everyone is now addicted. (pp 156)**Imagine showing this to someone who had never seen a seagull. *And yes, she really did get THAT fat. These new truths deceive us.*Although the camera is an observation station, the act of photographing is more than passive observing. Like sexual voyeurism, it is a way of at least tacitly, often explicitly, encouraging whatever is going on to keep happening. (Sontag P 12).*Photography has become one of the principal devices for experiencing something, for giving an appearance of participation you can be upset, excited, look stunned (Sontag pp 150)*you dont even need to take a camera so long as you take your phone.**