175 years ago something happened, something I´m very grateful for or I wouldn´t have my job: on Aug 19 1839 photography in all its technical details was officially announced in Paris and Daguerres photographic process given to the public as a gift from France.
It was Niépce who took the very first photograph in 1822, again in 1825 and created in 1826 or 1827 the earliest surviving photograph from nature. As his photographs needed an extremly long exposure Niépce partnered with Daguerre on figuring out a way to shorten this times. Daguerre’s efforts culminated in what would later be named the daguerreotype process, the required exposure time only needed minutes instead of hours. It was also Daguerre who took the earliest confirmed photograph of a person in 1838 while capturing a view of a Paris street. Luckily France offered to pay Daguerre a pension for his process in exchange for the right to present his invention to the world as the gift of France, which occurred on 19 August 1839 – the story of one of the most important mediums started right there and then!
My personal “photography story” started when I was around 8 or 9 years old. I was given my very first camera: this little fire red Konica Pop! And it became my trusty compagnion on family holidays, at school and more or less every where else.
Some time ago I took the little Konica out of the box again, loaded it with some film and started taking it with me again – I´m looking forward to see the first results soon!