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Same Spots In Paris 100 Years Apart

مناطق من باريس، صورها قبل 100 عام..

French news site Rue89 has an interactive photo set that shows various buildings and intersections in Paris from the vantage point of today compared to a hundred years ago. Here is a sampling…

Porte Saint-Denis



Passage du Caire



Rue d’Aboukir



Rue Basfroi



Rue Puget – Rue Lepic



(via Kottke)

125 years of National Geographic

National Geographic is celebrating 125 years anniversary! Here are some of the photographs published by the magazine; and what stories do they hold.

The cover of the January 2013 special anniversary issue

The cover of the January 2013 special anniversary issue of National Geographic magazine, which will investigate the ‘new age of exploration’

UGANDA A lion climbs a tree to sleep, in Queen Elizabeth Park

 2007, Uganda: a lion climbs a tree to sleep in Queen Elizabeth park

 National Geographic celebrates 125 years

2010, Canada: in a moss-draped rainforest in British Columbia, towering red cedars live a thousand years, and black bears have white coats. They are known to the local people as spirit bears

National Geographic celebrates 125 years

2009, northern Mongolia: the research scientist and National Geographic emerging explorer Dr Albert Lin gallops across the steppe as he searches for Genghis Khan’s tomb and other archaeological sites

National Geographic celebrates 125 years

2009, Washington state, US: sunset falls on Gifford Pinchot national forest, named after the founder of the US Forest Service and National Geographic Society board member

National Geographic celebrates 125 years

1995, Peru: the Ice Maiden, the 500-year-old mummy of a young Inca girl found on a Peruvian mountaintop by the archaeologist and National Geographic explorer-in-residence Johan Reinhard

National Geographic celebrates 125 years

1995, India: by setting off a camera trap, a female tiger captures her own image in Bandhavgarh national park

National Geographic celebrates 125 years

1964, Tanzania: a touching moment between the primatologist and National Geographic grantee Jane Goodall and a young chimpanzee called Flint at Tanzania’s Gombe Stream reserve

National Geographic celebrates 125 years

1935, South Dakota, US: the National Geographic and Army Air Corps stratosphere balloon Explorer II is prepared for takeoff at the Stratobowl near Rapid City. It carried two aeronauts nearly 14 miles (22km) into the stratosphere – the highest men would go for the next 21 years

National Geographic celebrates 125 years

1931, Afghanistan: in his favourite picture, the legendary National Geographic photojournalist Maynard Owen Williams marvelled how, in this bazaar in Herat, no one blinked during the three seconds required to make the exposure

National Geographic celebrates 125 years

1909, Alaska, US: washing his films in iceberg-choked seawater was an everyday chore for the photographer Oscar D Von Engeln during the summer months he spent on a National-Geographic-sponsored expedition in Alaska

National Geographic celebrates 125 years

2004, Antarctica: an emperor penguin, outfitted with the Crittercam system designed by the marine biologist and National Geographic staff member Greg Marshall, becomes an unwitting cameraman for a National Geographic documentary

Great photos; great share! I would love to experience at least a month with National Geographic team :-)

(via National Geographic)



[Video] Photography Timeline

This animated timeline is a concise history of some of the most important events to shape photography from 1839 – 2008.

  • 5th-4th Centuries B.C.

Chinese and Greek philosophers describe the basic principles of optics and the camera.

  • 1664-1666

Isaac Newton discovers that white light is composed of different colors.

  • 1727

Johann Heinrich Schulze discovered that silver nitrate darkened upon exposure to light.

  • 1794

First Panorama opens, the forerunner of the movie house invented by Robert Barker.

  • 1814

Joseph Niepce achieves first photographic image with camera obscura – however, the image required eight hours of light exposure and later faded.

  • 1837

Louis Daguerre’s first daguerreotype – the first image that was fixed and did not fade and needed under thirty minutes of light exposure.

  • 1840

First American patent issued in photography to Alexander Wolcott for his camera.

  • 1841

William Henry Talbot patents the Calotype process – the first negative-positive process making possible the first multiple copies.

  • 1843

First advertisement with a photograph made in Philadelphia.

  • 1851

Frederick Scott Archer invented the Collodion process – images required only two or three seconds of light exposure.

  • 1859

Panoramic camera patented – the Sutton.

  • 1861

Oliver Wendell Holmes invents stereoscope viewer.

  • 1865

Photographs and photographic negatives are added to protected works under copyright.

  • 1871

Richard Leach Maddox invented the gelatin dry plate silver bromide process – negatives no longer had to be developed immediately.

  • 1880

Eastman Dry Plate Company founded.

  • 1884

George Eastman invents flexible, paper-based photographic film.

  • 1888

Eastman patents Kodak roll-film camera.

  • 1898

Reverend Hannibal Goodwin patents celluloid photographic film.

  • 1900

First mass-marketed camera—the Brownie.

  • 1913/1914

First 35mm still camera developed.

  • 1927

General Electric invents the modern flash bulb.

  • 1932

First light meter with photoelectric cell introduced.

  • 1935

Eastman Kodak markets Kodachrome film.

  • 1941

Eastman Kodak introduces Kodacolor negative film.

  • 1942

Chester Carlson receives patent for electric photography (xerography).

  • 1948

Edwin Land markets the Polaroid camera.

  • 1954

Eastman Kodak introduces high speed Tri-X film.

  • 1960

EG&G develops extreme depth underwater camera for U.S. Navy.

  • 1963

Polaroid introduces instant color film.

  • 1968

Photograph of the Earth from the moon.

  • 1973

Polaroid introduces one-step instant photography with the SX-70 camera.

  • 1977

George Eastman and Edwin Land inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

  • 1978

Konica introduces first point-and-shoot, autofocus camera.

  • 1980

Sony demonstrates first consumer camcorder.

  • 1984

Canon demonstrates first digital electronic still camera.

  • 1985

Pixar introduces digital imaging processor.

  • 1990

Eastman Kodak announces Photo CD as a digital image storage medium.

Source: About.