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date: 20 October 2020

Photography. 

Source:
The Oxford Companion to United States History
Author(s):
Peter Bacon HalesPeter Bacon Hales

From its arrival in 1839 to its 1990s immersion in the digital world of computers and on-line information, photography both reflected and influenced American culture. The first widespread form of photography in America was the daguerreotype process, which produced images on a small silver plate. This “mirror with a memory” attracted entrepreneurs who bought inexpensive kits that included a camera, materials, and such studio accessories as pastoral backdrops and a neck brace for the long exposures. Daguerreotype businesses ranged from ornate palaces in major cities to itinerant flatboat studios on inland rivers.... ...

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