The History of Cameras Essay

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Believe it or not, there was once a time when cameras didn’t exist. The technology that today we take for granted, was once the most greatest and inspiring invention ever made. Before the camera, the only way people were able to have a personal photograph of themselves done was to hire a professional painter to paint them while they posed for hours at a time. It was a tedious task but one that had to be done, and at the time it was the only way a person could have something to show for how they looked in the past. Of course hired painters were only for the wealthy and famous, there was no way a common man could ever document himself and his family through a portrait of themselves. Photography has changed and developed in so many ways since …show more content…
Brassaї fits into the chronological history of photography, not by choice, but because he was driven by instinct. After trying his hand as a painter sculptor, and then later as a filmmaker Halász decided to broaden his horizons.
Halász never considered himself a photographer, it was much rather something that he had stumbled upon and it had intrigued him into exploring it further. Before he started to take pictures, he disliked, and even ignored the newly developed art form, being a man that had come from painting and sculpting real life objects, he felt like photography was mocking real art. After he moved to Paris in 1924 he became fascinated with the nightlife in Paris. There was just something about the lonely deserted streets of Paris, and the bars filled with colourful people that became his new canvas. Halász had an intense love for the city especially during the night, which is what led him to wander the streets of Paris late at night. It was a whole different world to him, and he found that the only way he could accurately capture the night life and its beauty, was though photography. He became a creature of the night, staying out late, till sunrise every night armed with a camera capturing the lonely late night streetwalkers, dark back alley streets, only illuminated by a single street light, and even shots of Paris’s underground, a world he described as being submerged in pleasure, love, vice, crime and drugs. What mostly drew Halász to

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