Our history of photography
CAMERA - PHOTOGRAPHY - CAMERA
Photography is a large field that embraces both esthetic and technical considerations. For some the greatest importance lies in equipment and the fascination of technical concerns; for others it is the creation of images or documentation of what happens in the external world.
One thing is certain. It is equipment — that is, camera, lens, and chemistry, along with film and paper — that provides the framework for what the photographer can possibly do. At the same time, good photographers know beforehand which images they want to record and choose equipment accordingly. Selection of equipment depends both on what the photographs should be or be used for, and on the photographer's personality, his or her temperament and creativity.
So this is an introduction to the history of photography via the relation between camera and image. In some cases the picture is taken with the actual camera; in others, the picture is taken by an appropriately corresponding camera.