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Photography’s Revolutionary Journey
Brings the World into View

In the Beginning

There are many milestones throughout the history of photography where black and white photography was the only option for taking pictures. Even with the inclusion of color photography, black and white photos were less expensive to develop and offered better quality. However, roles reversed between the two as improvements to color photography continued.

Photography derives from photos and graphein, two Greek words meaning ‘light’ and ‘to draw’, respectively. First used in 1839 to define taking pictures, photography is a method for recording images by using light or radiation on paper material.

However, the picture only lasted as long as light reflected from the object. Although this term described the method used to capture pictures, the principle was known to Arab astronomers at least a thousand years earlier.

It was 1826 before the first photographic image was produced by Joseph Nicephore Niepce, a French inventor. Niepce had spent the prior 10 years trying to perfect a permanent picture making process. It would take his partner and fellow inventor, Louis Daguerre, another 12 years to give birth to modern photography.

Daguerre managed to develop an effective technique for photography that fixed images onto a silver-plated sheet of copper. By 1839, the world could be seen with lasting images that were not affected by light exposure.

Turning a Negative into a Positive

More inventors would experiment with permanent imaging until W. H. Fox Talbot, an English mathematician and botanist, patented negatives.

This photogenic drawing process could print multiple photos from one negative. Talbot added gallic acid, a silver salt solution, to sensitize picture printing paper when it was exposed to light. This created a black background and the subject of the photo appeared in gradations of gray.

When light and shadows were reversed, a detailed picture emerged.

Talbot called this paper-negative process calotype, another Greek word that means ‘beautiful picture’.

Photography Comes into Focus

The evolution of photography makes it easier to take pictures whether in black and white or color. Advances made in materials, technology and chemistry contribute to photography’s transformation. Much like photography, photo restoration has also experienced a natural progression.

Before sophisticated computer software that can remove flaws digitally, old photographs required meticulous skill to preserve pictures and memories. An artist or photographer would use retouching paints on a black and white photograph. This was a painstaking process where one mistake could ruin the picture forever.

Today, restoration can range from a simple retouch to colorizing a black and white image on a computer. Graphic artists can use professional software to restore photographs with airbrush and other techniques.

Many people rely on pictures for memorable moments and family albums. It is important to have a professional photographer or restoration expert to trust with those precious memories.