Photography

Art, science and practice of creating durable images by recording light or other electromagnetic radiation

Photography is the art, application, and practice of creating durable images by recording light, either electronically by means of an image sensor, or chemically by means of a light-sensitive material such as photographic film. It is employed in many fields of science, manufacturing (e.g., photolithography), and business, as well as its more direct uses for art, film and video production, recreational purposes, hobby, and mass communication.

Typically, a lens is used to focus the light reflected or emitted from objects into a real image on the light-sensitive surface inside a camera during a timed exposure. With an electronic image sensor, this produces an electrical charge at each pixel, which is electronically processed and stored in a digital image file for subsequent display or processing. The result with photographic emulsion is an invisible latent image, which is later chemically "developed" into a visible image, either negative or positive depending on the purpose of the photographic material and the method of processing. A negative image on film is traditionally used to photographically create a positive image on a paper base, known as a print, either by using an enlarger or by contact printing.

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Queen Victoria, c.1870.

Queen Victoria, c.1870.

By Andre-Adolphe-Eugene Disderi .....A cabinet card sized woodburytype of Queen Victoria (1819-1901), taken in about 1870 by the French photographer Disderi (1819-1889). This is from the 'Disderi' album in the ... More

Arrested Alfred Thompson, Mugshot photograph, England

Arrested Alfred Thompson, Mugshot photograph, England

Name: Alfred Thompson .Arrested for: Larceny.Arrested at: North Shields Police Station.Arrested on; 31st August 1902.Tyne and Wear Archives ref: DX1388-1-5-Alfred Thompson..These images are a selection from an ... More

Italian Street Musicians

Italian Street Musicians

From 'Street Life in London', 1877, by John Thomson and Adolphe Smith:.. Then there is something irresistible in the bright glitter of his eyes, in. his cheerful gait, and his fascinating manners; While English... More

Bathing ...by Beechams

Bathing ...by Beechams

Dressed in the popular ''sailor suits'', the children in this photograph seem to be enjoying themselves in the waves. Behind them are the wheeled bathing huts, which judging by the large advertising boards tha... More

U.S.S. Chicago, one of the crew
Þórður Guðjohnsen, Húsavík, with his children. Iceland - Cornell University Library

Þórður Guðjohnsen, Húsavík, with his children. Iceland - Cornell Unive...

Collection: Icelandic and Faroese Photographs of Frederick W.W. Howell, Cornell University Library..Title: Þórður Guðjohnsen, Húsavík, with his children...Date: ca. 1900..Place: Húsavík (Iceland)..Medium: collo... More

Man and child, lantern slide

Man and child, lantern slide

SFFf-1992078.0005..Description: The girl is probably Anna Øye, later married Nordang (1906-1997). The man holding her is Elling J. Øyehol (born 1841) from Heimste-Holen...Photographer: S. J. Beckett...www.fylke... More

City Hall subway station, New York
[Full-length profile portrait of a woman, possibly Turkman or Kirgiz, standing on a carpet at the entrance to a yurt, dressed in traditional clothing and jewelry]
Woman posed as sphinx

Woman posed as sphinx

Accession Number: 1983:0063:0002..Maker: Dr. W. Simon..Title: Woman posed as sphinx..Date: ca. 1910..Medium: color plate, screen (Autochrome) process..Dimensions: Image: 8 x 8 cm Overall: 10 x 12.6 cm..George... More

Czar Nicholas II

Czar Nicholas II

Artist: C.L. Co..Artist Bio: German publishing company, active early 20th century.Creation Date: 1913.Process: postcard.Credit Line: Gift of Stephen White ... More

Miss Anita Phipps, 11/24/23
Færdselsbetjent, Sven Turck Photos

Færdselsbetjent, Sven Turck Photos

Traffic officer..KB id: turck_58725..Photo: Sven Türck (1897-1954)..Department of Maps, Prints and Photographs, The Royal Library, Denmark.

Mrs John Roxborough posing on the deck of HNLMS JAVA, 10 October 1930

Mrs John Roxborough posing on the deck of HNLMS JAVA, 10 October 1930

The Koninklijke Marine (Royal Netherlands Navy) including HNLMS JAVA, HNLMS EVERSTEN and HNLMS DE RUYTER arrived in Sydney on 3 October 1930. The ships berthed in West Circular Quay and The Sydney Morning Heral... More

Aerial view of the procession of mail ships, Maloja, Orford, Nieuw Zeeland and Manunda at the official opening celebrations of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, 19 March, 1932

Aerial view of the procession of mail ships, Maloja, Orford, Nieuw Zee...

Searle, E. W. (Edward William)..Part of the collection: Official air views of the opening celebrations of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, 19 March, 1932.; Title devised by cataloguer based on accompanying documentat... More

Photograph of the Rear Control Car of a Dirigible, ca. 1933

Photograph of the Rear Control Car of a Dirigible, ca. 1933

Original Caption: Photograph of the Rear Control Car of a Dirigible, ca. 1933..U.S. National Archives’ HMS Record Entry ID: NWL-16051..Creator: U.S. Congress. Joint Committee to Investigate Dirigible Disasters... More

Sydney Harbour Bridge - 1938

Sydney Harbour Bridge - 1938

Image 25000051 - The Sydney Harbour Bridge during the Australian Sesquicentenary Celebrations in 1938, with a steamship in the foreground.

Woman working on an airplane motor at North American Aviation, Inc., plant in Calif.
Jim Norris, homesteader, Pie Town, New Mexico
[Two Models next to Lockheed 10B Electra, Delta Air Lines]

[Two Models next to Lockheed 10B Electra, Delta Air Lines]

Title: [Two Models next to Lockheed 10B Electra, Delta Air Lines]..Creator: Robert Yarnall Richie ..Date: March 1940..Place: Dallas, Texas ..Part Of: Robert Yarnall Richie Photograph Collection..Description: T... More

Halliburton Lab., Southern Methodist University collection

Halliburton Lab., Southern Methodist University collection

Title: Halliburton Lab. ..Creator: Robert Yarnall Richie ..Date: June 1940..Part Of: Robert Yarnall Richie photograph collection..Place: Texas..Physical Description: 1 transparency: film, color; 13 x 10 c... More

Unidentified young woman modeling by the beach

Unidentified young woman modeling by the beach

Local call number: N049215..Title: Unidentified young woman modeling by the beach..Personal author: Barron, Charles..Date: ca. 1940s..General note: Charles "Chuck" Barron was a Tallahassee-based photographer. H... More

Sarasota Sun-Debs at Lido Beach, Florida

Sarasota Sun-Debs at Lido Beach, Florida

Local call number: JJS0010..Title: Sarasota Sun-Debs at Lido Beach, Florida..Date: January 15, 1949..Physical descrip: 1 transparency - col. - 5 x 4 in...Series Title: Joseph Janney Steinmetz Collection ( http:... More

Modeling a bathing suit at Villa Vizcaya - Miami

Modeling a bathing suit at Villa Vizcaya - Miami

: floridamemory.com/items/show/46856 ( http://floridamemory.com/items/show/46856 ) ..Local call number: RP06108..Title: Modeling a bathing suit at Villa Vizcaya - Miami..Date: ca 1960..Physical descrip: 1 phot... More

Modeling a dress at Villa Vizcaya - Miami

Modeling a dress at Villa Vizcaya - Miami

: floridamemory.com/items/show/46855 ( http://floridamemory.com/items/show/46855 ) ..Local call number: RP06107..Title: Modeling a dress at Villa Vizcaya - Miami..Date: ca 1960..Physical descrip: 1 photoprint ... More

I.K. Inha, Helsinki d2005_132_700

I.K. Inha, Helsinki d2005_132_700

Vendors at Kolera-allas by Kauppatori market square. / Myyjiä Kolera-altaalla Kauppatorin rannassa..I.K. Inha.1908.Helsinki.Glass negative / lasinegatiivi.Accession Number / diaarinumero: d_2005_132_700.The Fin... More

I.K. Inha, Helsinki d2005_132_640

I.K. Inha, Helsinki d2005_132_640

Tallberg Building on Aleksanterinkatu. / Tallbergin talo Alkesanterinkadulla..I.K. Inha.1908.Helsinki.Glass negative / lasinegatiivi.Accession Number / diaarinumero: d_2005_132_640.The Finnish Museum of Photogr... More

Alice and Gladys Reeves

Alice and Gladys Reeves

ca. 1910. From the Gladys Reeves fonds, PR1974.0173/636.

Untitled (Native American in buffalo headdress)

Untitled (Native American in buffalo headdress)

Artist: Richard Throssel.Artist Bio: American, 1882 - 1933.Creation Date: c. 1910.Process: gelatin silver print.Credit Line: Gift of Graham and Susan Nash.Accession Number: 2003.003.053

Tanks on parade in London at the end of World War I, 1918

Tanks on parade in London at the end of World War I, 1918

Photographer: Thomas Frederick Scales .Tanks on parade in London at the end of World War I, 1918.Dry plate glass negative .Reference No. 1/2-014078-G.Royal New Zealand Returned and Services' Association Collect... More

Oldsmobile Sales Co., Rock Creek Park, [Washington, D.C.]
Bathing beach beauty contest, [1920], Eliz. Roache (most beautiful suit)
Ford Motor Co., new medical center parking lot
National Air Races, from 1928 through 1939

National Air Races, from 1928 through 1939

Cliff Henderson Collection image. Clifford "Cliff" Henderson (1896-1984) was one of the early organizers of the National Air Races, and managed the races from 1928 through 1939. Please tag these images so that... More

C. & N.W. R.R., Mrs. Dorothy Lucke, employed as a wiper at the roundhouse, Clinton, Iowa
Puerto Rico 1939, Gov. Leahy

Puerto Rico 1939, Gov. Leahy

Title: Puerto Rico 1939, Gov. Leahy..Alternative Title: [Governor William D. Leahy, Puerto Rico]. .Creator: Robert Yarnall Richie ..Date: 1939..Place: Isla Grande, Puerto Rico..Physical Description: 1 tra... More

Unidentified woman in Sarasota reading about winter storms up North

Unidentified woman in Sarasota reading about winter storms up North

: floridamemory.com/items/show/246341 ( http://floridamemory.com/items/show/246341 ) ..Local call number: JJS1118..Title: Unidentified woman in Sarasota reading about winter storms up North..Date: 1940..Physica... More

Unidentified woman holding gladiolus at Terra Ceia Island Farms, Florida

Unidentified woman holding gladiolus at Terra Ceia Island Farms, Flori...

: www.floridamemory.com/items/show/245323 ( http://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/245323 ) ..Local call number: JJS0361A..Title: Unidentified woman holding gladiolus at Terra Ceia Island Farms, Florida..Date:... More

Adeline Finke modeling on Miami Beach, Florida

Adeline Finke modeling on Miami Beach, Florida

: www.floridamemory.com/items/show/69565 ( http://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/69565 ) ...Local call number: C012609...Title: Adeline Finke modeling on Miami Beach, Florida..Date: December 21, 1949...Physic... More

Aged Pomo Woman

Aged Pomo Woman

Title: Aged Pomo Woman.Artist: Edward Sheriff Curtis.Artist Bio: American, 1868 - 1952.Creation Date: 1924.Process: photogravure.Credit Line: Gift of Jo and Howard Weiner.Accession Number: 2007.001.023

Barbara Laney modeling a two-piece swin suit: Winter Haven, Florida

Barbara Laney modeling a two-piece swin suit: Winter Haven, Florida

: www.floridamemory.com/items/show/94795 ( http://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/94795 ) ..Local call number: CWH1154..Title: Barbara Laney modeling a two-piece swim suit: Winter Haven, Florida..Date: ca. 195... More

Coronation 1965, Queen accepts traditional white scarf

Coronation 1965, Queen accepts traditional white scarf

Title from item. Slide used for the presentation: "A Tour of the Lost Kingdom: Sikkim" by Dr. Alice S. Kandell and Hope Cooke, Library of Congress, March 13, 2010. Webcast available at: http://www.loc.gov/tod... More

[Prince Palden Gyumed and Princess Hope Leezum seated on white scarves, Sikkim]
[Central Dome, Paris Exposition, 1889]

[Central Dome, Paris Exposition, 1889]

Originals in PR12, LOT 6634.

[Pavilion Perusson, exhibit of bricks, enamels, terre-cotta and ceramics, for M. Perusson and Desfontaines, architect T. Ferret, located near the base of Eiffel Tower, Paris Exposition, 1889]
[Central Dome, Paris Exposition, 1889]

[Central Dome, Paris Exposition, 1889]

Originals in PR12, LOT 6634.

Dodge Brothers Motor Car Company Plant, Between Joseph Campau & Conant Avenues, Hamtramck, Wayne County, MI

Dodge Brothers Motor Car Company Plant, Between Joseph Campau & Conant...

Significance: It served as the major manufacturing and assembly plant for the Dodge automobile and is the last large reinforced concrete automobile plant left in the Detroit area. The Dodge factory led to the ... More

Dodge Brothers Motor Car Company Plant, Between Joseph Campau & Conant Avenues, Hamtramck, Wayne County, MI

Dodge Brothers Motor Car Company Plant, Between Joseph Campau & Conant...

Significance: It served as the major manufacturing and assembly plant for the Dodge automobile and is the last large reinforced concrete automobile plant left in the Detroit area. The Dodge factory led to the ... More

Dodge Brothers Motor Car Company Plant, Between Joseph Campau & Conant Avenues, Hamtramck, Wayne County, MI

Dodge Brothers Motor Car Company Plant, Between Joseph Campau & Conant...

Significance: It served as the major manufacturing and assembly plant for the Dodge automobile and is the last large reinforced concrete automobile plant left in the Detroit area. The Dodge factory led to the ... More

Steam locomotives in the roundhouse of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Scenic Railroad in Durango, Colorado

Steam locomotives in the roundhouse of the Durango & Silverton Narrow ...

Title, date and keywords based on information provided by the photographer. Credit line: Gates Frontiers Fund Colorado Collection within the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photograp... More

土偶|Head of a Figure (Dogū)
Temple Model, 8th century

Temple Model, 8th century

Mexico, Mesoamerica, Guerrero, Balsas River region

Rustam slays Qulûn. - Persian manuscript
Reis effendi, ou ministre des affaires étrangères. [6]
Silk Portrait of a Gentleman
William George Roberts, Photo Studio Berry & Co, Wellington NZ
Sieraden uit de 16de eeuw. Photomechanical print.
Sinaihalbinsel Ostseite: Wâdi Ṭâba. 1914.

Sinaihalbinsel Ostseite: Wâdi Ṭâba. 1914.

Plate 86 in portfolio: Bilder aus Palästina. Nord-Arabien und dem Sinai. Berlin : Dietrich Riemer, 1916. Letterpress caption in German. Title from item. Translated title by Library staff. Photograph taken from... More

Drie sieraden uit de 16de eeuw. Photomechanical print.
William George Roberts, Photo Studio Berry & Co, Wellington NZ
Kroonluchter van smeedijzer en goud uit de 16de eeuw. Photomechanical print.
Sieraden uit de 16de eeuw. Photomechanical print.
Silk Portrait of Wen Zhengming
Män i 1600-talskläder låtsas fäkta.

Män i 1600-talskläder låtsas fäkta.

Män i 1600-talskläder låtsas fäkta.

[Les noces de Pelée et de Thétis.]
Jonstonus Joannes - Taurus Castratus Bos; Verschnittener Ochs.
Magny en habit de viellard dansant dans l'opéra de Thésée: Berain inv.
Femme de qualité dansant.
The Kingdome of Ireland devided into fower provinces…
Driade. J. B. Martin inv. sculp.
Four drawings of insects.
Ertinger Franz - Thesée
Les peines et les plaisirs de l'amour
Ertinger Franz - Le Carnaval
Ertinger Franz - Les festes galantes
Ertinger Franz - Armide
Ertinger Franz - Psyché
Les festes de l'Amour et de Bachus
The Embassadors audience of leave of the Emperor.
Le moufti, ou chef de la loy
Mr. Hardouin dansant à l'Opéra d'Yphigenie.
De Vrede, als uit den hemel nederdalende, vertoond by het weder openen van dan Amsteld. Schouwburg
The Merry Twins
"Mandelgren, porträtt". Blyertsteckning av Fritz von Dardel.

"Mandelgren, porträtt". Blyertsteckning av Fritz von Dardel.

"Mandelgren, porträtt". Blyertsteckning av Fritz von Dardel.

Early Risers
Quilting Bee
Morning Chimes
Basan Francois - La guinguette
Hutchinson, 18th governor of Massachusetts.
James the First, king of Great Britain.
Nancy Dawson.
André Jacob Roubo - Assemblages à trait de Jupiter et en flute.
[Piramo e Tisbe]
Robe à l'anglaise in de marmeren gang op de eerste verdieping van Museum Willet-Holthuysen, aan de arm een aangelijnde terriër met Burberry dek

Robe à l'anglaise in de marmeren gang op de eerste verdieping van Muse...

Robe à l'anglaise van katoen getamboereerd met vogels en bloemornamenten in zijde, Noordwest-India, circa 1775-1785, collectie Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam (schenking Six)

K3. Svea lifgarde. Trumslagare i uniform m/1765-1779. De speciella axelklaffarna ("svalbon") kännetecknar att trumslagarna tillhör musikkåren.

K3. Svea lifgarde. Trumslagare i uniform m/1765-1779. De speciella axe...

K3. Svea lifgarde. Trumslagare i uniform m/1765-1779. De speciella axelklaffarna ("svalbon") kännetecknar att trumslagarna tillhör musikkåren.

Barber shaving a man's head bald, one onlooker, white building in the background
Closed green palanquin with umbrella, male passenger, four bearers in red robes, and one attendant
Mademoiselle Heinel, the celebrated opera dancer.
El Bolero
Juan de Torquemada.
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