An overview by Julián Monge-Nájera, Professor of Scientific Photography, University of Costa Rica.
As a teacher of scientific photography at the University of Costa Rica I was not satisfied with any specific book about the history of photography and decided to make my own anthology with what I believed were the best chapters of every book.
A selection of historically important photographs to illustrate the history of photography is also included.
His basic equipments have been SLR Yashica and Nikon cameras, and Epson and Canon digital cameras. Along the years he has acquired experience with Ilford, Agfa, Kodak and Fuji films. He is in his middle age, a happily married father of a boy and a girl who began to play with his father's camera when aged 18 months. He earns his bread (no butter, for health reasons) in an academic job that is not totally unrelated with photography and dedicates most of his free time to his family, but always returns to photography when he has a chance.
As a teacher of scientific photography at the University of Costa Rica I noticed that books about the history of photography varied greatly in their coverage. I was not satisfied with any specific book and decided to make my own anthology with what I believed were the very best chapters of each. I used this material as the basis for my classes.
This website is a very brief summary of that teaching material. It offers a relatively extended timeline (from the year 350 BC to the year 2004) and covers the history of "color", "black and white" and "digital" photography. It includes a selection of historically important photographs to illustrate the history of photography.
Agfa Click I. This plastic camera was manufactured in Germany,from 1958 to 1970.