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The purpose of this guide is to inform students, faculty, and our community of the many types of resources and search methods available to facilitate the study of Photography, be it scholarly research or personal interest.

This books, journals, databases, multimedia, and websites included here will cover artists, image archives, theory, lighting and lab processing in photojournalism, commercial, and fine art photography.


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Matt Young
Library Liaison for Photography

The first photograph, View from the Window at Le Gras

The world's first photograph was created in 1826, when French inventor Joseph Nicéphore Niépce set out to record the image produced inside a camera obscura, using a lithography-inspired process on a pewter plate coated with light-sensitive bitumen of Judea over an eight hour exposure! This process would be improved in the coming years, leading to the advent of the daguerrotype process in 1839, which popularized photography and set into motion dramatic advancements in chemical sensitivity, papers, camera structures, lenses, and light sources, and gave birth to a new art form.

Point de vue du Gras, by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce 1826

Hansel, H. (2018, March 5). First photograph, View from the Window at Le Gras, Joseph Nicéphore Niépce, ca. 1826. 

Two Very Different Cameras

Large format camera with expanding bellows

Penta 45F Field Camera

A current, professional grade digital camera

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV