The world of photography has always been interesting because it has witnessed revolutions of almost all the types. Furthermore, This list of 10 Honorable mentions contain those important people who worked for the world of photography and also contributed to its progress intensively.



1. Charles Louis Chevalier:

Charles Louis Chevalier

First of all, In 1839, he began selling Giroux Daguerreotype Camera which was fitted with an achromatic lens. This camera is believed to be the first camera which was made available for public consumption. Furthermore, in 1840, he built the first Folding Camera, the Le Photographe. A whole plated camera that could be fold to a packing size.

In addition, In 1851, co-founded Société Héliographique, the first photographic society.

Also renowned for his contribution towards the development of Daguerreotype.


2. William Henry Fox Talbot:

In 1841, he replaced the use of silver-plated copper by sensitized paper. He named this process as ‘Calotype’, also called talbotype. This was also the first negative from which multiple positive prints were able to be produced.


3. Frederick Scott Archer:

In 1851, development of wet plate negatives. Because of the Collodion Process, multiple copies of a picture could be made. Finally, His work made photographs available to the general public.


4. Hamilton Lanphere Smith:

In 1856, he patented tintype photographic process. A thin sheet of iron was used to provide a base for light-sensitive material hence, yielding a positive image. As a result, This patent popularized photography in America.

5. Thomas Sutton:

In 1859, patented Panoramic Camera. The camera which useful for wide format photography.

6. Richard Leach Maddox:

In 1871, invented gelatin dry plate silver bromide process. As a result of this invention, negatives were no longer had to be developed immediately. Furthermore, He got award by Royal Photographic Society’s Progress Medal for inventions that based the foundation of the dry plate and film industry.


7. George Eastman:

In 1888, he founded Kodak camera. Then, In 1889, he invented flexible film roll. He also made photography accessible to the general public with a box camera and 100 exposures. In addition, in 1900, launched first Mass Marketed Camera named Brownie. With the tagline of ”Kodak moment”, the company dominated the industry for the most of the 20th century.

8. Russell A. Kirsch:

In 1957,he developed first digital image scanner. Because of this process, consequently, an image was able to transfer to digital computer memory.

9. Willard Sterling Boyle:

In 1969, alongside partner George E. Smith, he invented charge-coupled device—the CCD sensor. Consequently, this sensor became electronic eye in almost all areas of photography. Due to this contribution, Willard Sterling Boyle and George E. Smith received Noble Prize in Physics in 2009.

10. Steven Sasson:

Being an engineer in Kodak, in 1975, he built the very first Digital Camera. Furthermore, The camera took 23 seconds to capture one image. Besides, the images produced were only in Black and White.


Photography is the story I fail to put into words.” – Destin Sparks


WriterSiddhesh Parab

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