Created by, Kerry O'Leary

The camera has come a long way since its origin back in the early 1700’s compared to what we use today in our high-tech modern day world. What we consider a standard camera, now has the capabilities to not only take digital pictures it can also capture videos. Along with these technological advances they’ve reach beyond digital pictures and videos but are also useful in monitoring and safety.

Johann Heinrich Schultz first introduced the camera obscura, which exposed a silver and chalk mixture to light through a pin hole or a lens creating an image. However this technology can be traced back even further. Records show that an Iraqi scientist by the name of al-Haytham discovered this technology as early 1021A.D.

George Eastman was the first person to mass produce the camera. He first invented the Kodak in 1885 which is still today, one of the biggest producers for cameras world wide competing with other top name brands such as Cannon, Sony and Panasonic. The “brownie box” was the first simple and inexpensive camera to be mass-marketed, creating the beginning of the snap shot.

Fast forward to the 1940’s where the Polaroid Company created the instant camera, they manufactured an even more inexpensive and effortless way to capture memories and events. Comparing that to the digital age we no longer use film but rather memory cards or external storage hard drives.

Charles Ginsburg was the first person to invent the video camera in 1951. The video tape recorder (VTR) was the first of its kind and was like nothing they’d ever seen before. Ginsburg did this by capturing an electrical signal, then transfer it to a magnetic tape creating a visual image; this technology was already being used for sound.

Unlike our parents generation we are of the digital age. This new digital world is now, what we consider to be the standard where cameras using film are now being weeded out and becoming a thing of the past. With modern advances we are now able to do so much more with the technology we’re given in preserving the things we truly cherish and want to hold on to.