Interesting Facts about Photography

We make photographs for some 200 years now. Here are some interesting facts about photography that happened in that time:

  • Constitution Hill in Aberystwyth, Wales is a place that holds the largest camera obscura in the world.
  • All films are made to be sensitive to visible light, but they are also sensitive to X-rays and high-energy particles.
  • The first transparent plastic roll film was made in 1889.
  • The first digital camera was made in 1975. It weighed 3.6 kg, it could take image that was 100 x 100 pixels and it needed 23 seconds to take and record an image.
  • The most expensive camera on the planet costs 2.79 million dollars (or 2.16 million Euros). It is a 1923 Leica O-Series camera and it was sold for that price at a WestLicht auction in Vienna.
Picture Of Old Photos History
  • Dilish Parekh of Mumbai has the largest collection of cameras in the world is. He has 4,425 cameras and has been collecting them since 1977.
  • Earliest photographs needed a long time to be taken. They needed long exposure time so that a strong image could remain on the plate. When taking images of children, photographers would “camouflage” parents into scenery to keep children pacified.
  • Largest seamless photograph in the world is 10 meters high and 34 meters wide. It is a photograph of a control tower and runways at the US Marin Corps Air Station in El Toro, Orange County, California. It was taken by converting a decommissioned jet hanger into a giant pinhole camera.
  • Earliest surviving photograph is “View from the Window at Le Gras” taken by Nicéphore Niépce in 1926 or 1827. It needed 8 hours of exposure.
  • Today we take as many photographs every 2 minutes as we did in the whole of 19th century.
  • Camera obsura, an important part of photographic camera, was known in 5th century BC.
  • 12 Hasselblad cameras are left on the surface of the Moon to make room and lessen the weight so moon rock samples could be brought to Earth.
  • The longest photographic negative has 39.54 m and was taken by Esteban Pastorino Diaz in 2010.
  • The largest photo book is 40.52 m² and is a work of Samsung Electronics GmbH for museum of communication. It has 16 pages and 28,000 photos.
  • Largest printed photograph was printed by Shinichi Yamamoto of Japan. It was 145m long and 35.6cm wide.
  • The first full-color cartoon was made by Disney in 1932. It was called Flowers and Trees and it lasted 8 minutes.
  • The first photograph to represent a person was taken 1838 by Daguerre. It was a photograph of a street - "Boulevard du Temple", its exposure lasted long and because of that no other people are seen on the photograph. Person that remained on the photo had its shoes cleaned and because of that is visible.
  • The First known shared picture via a cell phone was by Philippe Kahn in 1997. It was a birth-picture of his daughter.
  • French photographer and balloonist Gaspard-Félix Tournachon, (known as "Nadar") took the first aerial photograph from his balloon in 1858. This photo was of Paris but it doesn’t exist anymore. Oldest existing aerial photo is of Boston and it was taken by James Wallace Black and Samuel Archer King in 1860.
  • Facebook has around 140 billion photos which is 100 000 times more number of photos in Library of Congress.
  • It is estimates that, from when we started making photographs in 1800 until today, we have taken over 3.8 trillion photographs, standard and digital.