History of photography

The word photography is derived from two ancient Greek words: photo, for “light,” and graph, for “drawing. Putting it together, “Drawing with light” is one of the best means of describing the art of photography.


Since the early ages, humans have tried to create memories of their lives in the form of pictures. This is why we can see drawings in cages made by prehistoric humans, along with drawings on the walls made by Ancient Egyptians, after which came candle portraits, which are believed to be the most important events in the history of photography.


The history of photography, as any event photographer in Abu Dhabi will tell you, is packed with stages of achievement, but amidst tem all, it was based mainly on two events. The first event is the invention of the dark room (Camera Obscura), where the first paper was documented. It was back in the year 1519 AD that the owner of the Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci, where they were used in that period (sixteenth century) where a dark room was first used. And there is much debate about the real discoverer of the dark room; there are those who say that Aristotle did so, and some of them mention the role of the Arab world astronomer Ibn al-Haitham, but there is nothing documented about the inventor of the dark room.


The next event was in 1727 AD by the German scientist Johan Schulze who observed by accident affected silver salts light, and this event is the real beginning of photography. The word photography was initially used by Ivkrom Rah in the year 1839 AD along with John Herschel who took the word from the Latin language.


Interestingly, there were extensive difficulties that were faced by the field of photography in its early days. However, the last century was marked by immense developments made in terms of the techniques used in photography, which made it easier technically and more prevalent. One of the difficulties that photography faced in its infancy was the cost of basic photographic material, in addition to the difficulty of taking a picture due to the length of exposure and the weight of the tools used. The communities were not receptive to the idea of photography and some of them even linked it to witchcraft and sorcery. You will find here that with time, a number of events took place and photography was introduced to the masses.