Interesting Facts About Photography You Might Not Know, But You Should

Photography is around since 19th century and since then a lot of interesting things happened and were done. So here are some interesting facts you might not heard about before. If you did, well here’s a reminder.

  1. The first photograph ever taken was in 1826, by French photographer Nicéphore Niépce. It was called “View From The Window At Le Gras” and the exposure was around 8 hours. I repeat: 8 Hours.

2. Kodak, though it was a well established company in photography, failed to make the transition to digital era. This caused Kodak to almost file for bankruptcy in 2012. The interesting fact is that Kodak, according to bankruptcy laws in US, was was forced to sell several of its patents to companies like HTC, Adobe Systems, Samsung, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, Google and Apple by 2013. Yeah…the big irony is that some of the interesting things in digital photography were actually developed by Kodak

3. There are 12 Hasselblad cameras on the surface of the moon. To allow for the extra weight of the lunar rock samples to be brought back, the cameras were left behind..to rot (if that’s possible) — Still think a moon landing these days is not interesting?

4. The first ever digital camera was invented by a guy named Steven Sasson at Eastman Kodak in 1975 (the irony again). It had only 0.01 megapixels and was around 8 pounds. The camera took images in black-and-white.

5. You think the viral, money making cat pictures are a new thing? Guess again. The first photographer to take cat pictures was English photographer Harry Pointer during the 1870s. He noticed people like his pictures when there is a cat in them in funny postures. He even added captions like “Happy New Year”, “Five o’clock Tea”. Yeah…he is the “inventor” of funny cat pictures and captions.

6. The first color photograph ever taken happened in 1861 by James Clark Maxwell. He used yellow, blue and red filters separately and then combined the three images to create the final color photograph.

7. The saddest photo ever taken is about a vulture stalking a dying child in Sudan, depicting Sudan’s 1994 famine. The photo was taken by journalist Kevin Carter. Carter later received a Pulitzer prize for that photo. He committed suicide at the age of 33, being disturbed by all the things he saw in his career. He left a letter behind explaining his decision.

I’ll stop at seven. I like this number. 7