Thursday, February 19, 2009


As much as technology has advanced in our day and age, it still sometimes amazes me how certain inventions came to be. The camera plays a vital role in today's society. Whether it be surveilance protection or the brocasting of the television shows we watch daily, The camera has definitely earned its keep as a staple in american culture. Perhaps the importance it has today is the reason why I find the discovery of its many uses so ironic. The Camera Obscura was first unveiled August 7, 1824, at fair week. An observer of the newly unveiled invention was tampering with the obscura and caught a glimpse of a fellow onlooker being pickpocketed through the camera. The birth of this new invention led to capture of the crook and his resignation over to authorities. Over one-hundred and fifty years later the Camera has developed quite a bit, but it was auggust 7th, 1824 when the revolution began.


At 10:44 PM, Blogger A. Mattson said...

The camera obscura was not an actual camera it was a darkened room with a small hole in one side. This document shows that even before the invention of the actual photographic camera people were already speculating about the usefulness of this emerging technology for surveillance and control.


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