From Kodak to iPhonography – The Evolution of Photography through Social Media
We believe that photography is an art form that many of us share. Whether that’s taking a photo of a happy memory or a scenic view, the ending result is an image that can be appreciated and shared by many.
But has it ever occurred to you just how much photography has changed through time? It’s fairly obvious how photography has taken to social media and affected the demand for image-sharing in general. Its evolution through time has shown that people are constantly innovating to meet such demand, and take quality photos on the go.
It all started with the camera obscura in the 1800’s, which had since been harnessed by Louis Daguerre and William Henry Talbot to create a permanent image. Their processes took minutes to hours to fully develop – but thanks to the American technology company Kodak – they paved the way for both cheap and quick film photography, and even digital photography by creating the first ever digital camera, but dropped the product out of fear of threatening the wider business.
As time moved on and the camera phone took the world by storm, this naturally paved the way for applications to harness the power of compact photography by developing apps like Instagram. Image sharing on other social networks such as Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest are also paving the way for online interaction, and image sharing is such a popular way to achieve this. Whether it be for positive social affirmation or otherwise, photography shared through social media communicates far more than the average status update.
The development of mobile photography over the course of the past decade has highly impacted DSLR camera sales. Gone are the days of believing an expensive camera is the only way to take that golden image – all you simply need now is a mobile phone camera, coupled with an editing app and you’re good to go!
Antonio Leanza owns the London School of Photography in England, UK. He is a photographic artist, coach and teacher with much experience in past lecturing roles at LCC for over ten years and for Ilford Film across the UK. He has a unique approach to teaching and mainly focuses on a students’ creative journey and helping them realise their aspirations in the photographic world.
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