Reading Response

One of the most interesting early inventors of photography is Louis-Jacques-Mande Daguerre, 1787 t0 1851. This is because he forever significantly changed the nature of visual representation aka photography through more astonishing price photographs with a romantic touch an d some lighting effects  for the films he made which  was all a ‘wow’ invention. Each daguerreotype was by its own a one-of-a-image on a highly and well-polished silver plated copper sheet sensitized with iodine vapors and well positioned with stabilized salt water. This gave photography a very interesting discovery as both medium of artistic expression and also a very powerful scientific tool. For this I find him one of my most interesting inventors of photography for he gave photograph y a platform which has since been applied (Malcolm, 2000).

Batchen believes that photography was not invented until 1839 despite its chemistry and optics being known since the year 1725. He argues that the reason was all because of the expense of inventing the photography processes which was quite high and somehow unaffordable. Also he argues out that the processes which were there before could not produce easily viewed images and that it would not have been wonderful were it invented before then. However, I beg to differ with n this Batchen’s argument and state that it holds no enough water for photography to have not been invented. Personally I tend to believe that it was a technological deficiency but not much to the high cost of inventing the photography processes. It is not at all the costs of invention but the lack of technology because the time the Daguerreotype photography technology was discovered, there was significantly no much ado and struggle to invent it. In a nutshell, as opposed to Batchen’s opinion, cost was not the issue but technology (Malcolm, 2000).



Daniel Malcolm. Daguerre (1787–1851) and the Invention of Photography. In Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000. Web: on February 2, 2016.


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