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A very brief history, continued 2 of 4

The camera continued in this way until the 19th Century. The honour of being the first person to capture an image with a camera goes to Joseph Nicephore Niepce in the Early 1820's, but this did not lead to a commercially available process.

In 1839, two different approaches were announced, the first by Frenchman Louis Daguerre, and the second within months by William Fox-Talbot in England. These two processes were named Daguerreotype and Calotype respectively.

The Daguerreotype system enjoyed commercial success although it is now regarded as being a dead end. Although the Calotype system was the fore runner of today's photography, it wasn't taken up quite so readily, largely due to the poorer image quality of the final print.



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