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History of Photography: Earliest Photography

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Still Life in the Artist's Studio  photo by Louis Daguerre
​Used under Artstor Terms and Conditions
In the collection of the Société Française de Photographie, Paris.

Photography refers to any method of recording the image of an object through the action of light, or related radiation, on a light-sensitive material. The word, derived from the Greek photos (“light”) and graphein (“to draw”), was first used in the 1830s.

-Encyclopedia Britannica