NEW ZEALAND's FAR NORTH
PHOTOGRAPHY by donhammondimage
"NOW EVERYONE'S TAKING
Since time began mans inclination to record has never
waned but it would not be until 1939 when Frenchman
Louis Daguerre created a process whereby the first real
photographic image could be obtained.
By the 1860's the very successful Wet-Collodian
process had been established. This system however,
required a portable darkroom wherever images were to
be made, the photographic plates being constructed just
prior to exposure.
In 1878 the Gelatin Dry Plate had been developed and
refined, it was to be a major advancement.The need for
the portable darkroom was over but perhaps the greatest
benefit was the reduction in exposure time, the ability
to capture images of moving subjects now became a
reality.The glass plate negatives still had drawbacks, they
were heavy, bulky and very fragile. It was not until the
1880's that George Eastman developed the medium of
utilising celluloid as a carrier for photographic emulsion.
At the same time Eastman joined with William Walker to
produce a simple camera that was marketed under the
name "Kodak". It was an immediate success for people who
had never taken a photograph before were now able to
make successful pictures. In 1900 the first "Box-Brownie"
was sold and its introduction was to be of considerable
social significance. For the first time it provided the "man
in the street" with the ability to create a permanent
record of his family and their activities.
The Snap Shot album had come of age ...