The System of Telling the Visual Story in Wartime America

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The System of Telling the Visual Story in Wartime America

Creator

Leslie Michaels

Technologies and Events in This Collection

Wet-Plate Camera
Although an advancement from the expensive tin-plate portraiture daguerreotype method, the wet-plate process is characterized as the infancy of photography (Gidley 2011). Wet-plate cameras were large and heavy, but relatively portable thanks to…

The Kodak
With the development of George Eastman’s paper film came the first Kodak camera. In 1886, Eastman got a patent to incorporate the roll holder he had developed with William H. Walker into a camera (“Milestones”). Patent 6950 describes the Kodak…

Vest Pocket Kodak
Introduced in 1912, the Vest Pocket Kodak Camera was a small, simple, and inexpensive snapshot camera. Eastman Kodak employed the use of lazy-tongs in the construction of the Vest Pocket Kodak, a scissor arrangement that connected the front and back…

Contax I
Contax cameras were 35mm cameras manufactured by Zeiss Ikon AG. The Contax I was advertised as a versatile camera with interchangeable lens options as well as other camera accessories in order to appeal to professional and amateur photographers alike…

Leicaflex
The Leicaflex was the camera of choice for Associated Press photographers during the Vietnam War. The Leicaflex was a single lens-reflex (SLR) camera that utilized a pentaprism finder with a mirror (Pasi 2012). The mirror was movable and resided…

Kodak Nikon DCS 100
The Kodak Nikon DCS 100 was the first commercially available digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera (“Milestones”). With a price tag of $30,000 (roughly $51,000 today), the camera was marketed to professional journalists, such as Associated Press…

Canon EOS 5D Mark III
The Canon EOS 5D Mark III is a 22.3-megapixel camera that costs $3,499—1/10 the cost of the Kodak Nikon DCS 100 (Pritchard 2014). Equipped with the Canon CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5+ Image Processor, the camera was developed to deliver “clarity and…

Battle of Gettysburg
Referred to as the turning point of the Civil War for Union forces, the Battle of Gettysburg provided ample photographic opportunities for photographers such as Alexander Gardner. After an overwhelming victory at Chancellorsville, General Robert E.…

George Eastman and William H. Walker developed a roll holder for Eastman Negative Paper, a precursor to photographic film (“Milestones”). These advances lead to the first Kodak camera—a portable and easy to use option compared to wet-plate cameras.…

Battle of Belleau Wood
The Battle of Belleau Wood was the first extensive battle in which American troops were involved during World War I. In the three weeks of seemingly inexhaustible German bombardment, American forces were faced with new kinds of warfare, including…

Initially developed for motion pictures, color film experienced its commercial birth in the form of Kodachrome (“Milestones”). The 35mm photographic film allowed amateur photographers to take color photographss through three emulsion layers, invented…

D-Day
Also known as Operation Overlord, the amphibious D-Day invasions at Normandy began at 6:30am. Adolf Hitler and the Nazis had occupied northwestern France since May 1940, and subsequent plans to liberate France from Nazi rule were devised. Allied…

A year after the conclusion of World War II, a group of journalists founded the National Press Photographers Association, an entity that is still active today. Their mission statement is as follows: “The National Press Photographers Association is…

American Forces Deployed to Vietnam
In order to maintain a non-Communist South Vietnam, America had provided economic and administrative support to the South Vietnamese until President Lyndon B. Johnson announced the deployment of 125,000 American troops on July 28, 1965 (Manning and…

The inauguration of President George H.W. Bush marks a historic leap in photojournalism. Just forty seconds after the forty-first president was sworn in, Associated Press photographer Ronald A. Edmonds sent photographs of President Bush taking the…

Gulf War Ground Offensive Begins
Because Iraqi forces occupying Kuwait failed to meet the withdrawal deadline set by the United Nations, President George H.W. Bush and Congress decided to take military action. Coalition ground forces arrived on February 24, 1991, pushing Iraqi…

After 74 years in production, Kodak announced the retirement of Kodachrome color film (“Milestones”). The following year, the final roll was presented to National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry. After taking three years to photograph with the…