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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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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

[Central Dome, Paris Exposition, 1889]

[Central Dome, Paris Exposition, 1889]

Originals in PR12, LOT 6634.

[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

La daguerreotypomanie / Maurisset.

La daguerreotypomanie / Maurisset.

French cartoon about the rush to try photography after Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre revealed his process in 1839. Print shows long lines of people waiting to be photographed and others eager to support the craz... More

[Walter Restored Jones, half-length portrait, nearly in profile to left]

[Walter Restored Jones, half-length portrait, nearly in profile to lef...

Founder of Atlantic Mutual Marine Insurance Co., of New York City. Alternative identifications: Walter Reston Jones, d. 1855; Walter Jones of Washington; Walter James. Scratched on back of plate: 31; [illegible... More

[Unidentified man, about 60 years of age, in Masonic regalia, three-quarter length portrait, three-quarters to the left, seated at table with tablecloth]

[Unidentified man, about 60 years of age, in Masonic regalia, three-qu...

Written on back of plate: 501(X). Transfer; U.S. War College; 1920; (DLC/PP-1920:46153). Forms part of: Daguerreotype collection (Library of Congress). Produced by Mathew Brady's studio.

Brady's political photography

Brady's political photography

Photograph shows a composite photograph of the members of the thirty-sixth Senate; Jefferson Davis (first figure, second row), Southern secessionists Judah P. Benjamin, (third from the left, fifth row from the ... More

[French photographer in old Yokohama]

[French photographer in old Yokohama]

Print shows a photographer wearing western clothing adjusting a camera beneath a shoud; a woman stands behind him, also wearing western clothing, holding a plate or a photograph, also, photographic supplies are... More

Unknown location. Wagons and camera of Sam A. Cooley, U.S. photographer, Department of the South

Unknown location. Wagons and camera of Sam A. Cooley, U.S. photographe...

Photographs of artillery, place and date unknown. Title from Milhollen and Mugridge. Credit line: Civil war photographs, 1861-1865, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. General information abou... More

View of Annapolis, MD (Naval Academy)

View of Annapolis, MD (Naval Academy)

Photo shows a view looking east of the Naval Academy and Fort Severn in the background (Source: Robert Worden, 2011.)

[Unknown location. Wagons and camera of Sam A. Cooley, U.S. photographer, Department of the South]

[Unknown location. Wagons and camera of Sam A. Cooley, U.S. photograph...

Photographs of artillery, place and date unknown.

Newspaper clippings about photographing Philadelphia churches

Newspaper clippings about photographing Philadelphia churches

Newspaper classified ads for McAllister & Brother stereoscopic views of Philadelphia churches, dated December 20, 1860, and article about project to photograph Philadelphia churches by John Moran for McAllister... More

[Early foreign photographer in Yokohama]

[Early foreign photographer in Yokohama]

Print shows a western photographer with a large camera and other westerners in a room in Yokohama, Japan. Title devised by Library staff. Format: vertical Oban Nishikie. Forms part of: Japanese prints and drawi... More

Hiram R. Revels of Miss.

Hiram R. Revels of Miss.

African American legislator.

Sam. A. Cooley, photographer Tenth Army Corps

Sam. A. Cooley, photographer Tenth Army Corps

Stereograph shows a group of men standing next to wagons labeled "Sam A. Cooley U.S. Photographer Department of the South", with a camera on the left, and two African American men employed as drivers. Title fro... More

Listing of illustrations of General Meade's campaign in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia

Listing of illustrations of General Meade's campaign in Pennsylvania, ...

Page in book lists number, title, and photographer for illustrations of Meade's campaign; photographers include Timothy H. O'Sullivan, James F. Gibson, and Alexander Gardner. Title devised by Library staff. In ... More

Listing of illustrations of General Meade's campaign in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia

Listing of illustrations of General Meade's campaign in Pennsylvania, ...

Page in book lists number, title, and photographer for illustrations of Meade's campaign; photographers include Timothy H. O'Sullivan, James F. Gibson, and Alexander Gardner. Title devised by Library staff. In ... More

Silver Spring, Maryland. Blair house

Silver Spring, Maryland. Blair house

Photo shows the residence of Francis P. Blair (Source: Anne Peterson, 2011)

Letter from Mathew Brady to President Abraham Lincoln, asking Lincoln to sit for a photograph

Letter from Mathew Brady to President Abraham Lincoln, asking Lincoln ...

American Memory edition timeline. No. 1113 Credit line: Civil war photographs, 1861-1865, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. General information about Civil war photographs is available at h... More

Victor Hugo

Victor Hugo

Victor Hugo, half-length portrait, facing front. Image appears to be a 19th century photoprint mounted on a 20th century postcard.

T.E.M. White, stereograph photographer, New Bedford, Mass.

T.E.M. White, stereograph photographer, New Bedford, Mass.

Business card for Thomas E.M. White showing two identical views of a shipyard in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Marian S. Carson Collection (Library of Congress).

[William Henry Jackson and another man with photographic equipment on mountain near Yellowstone Park, Wyoming, 1871-1878]

[William Henry Jackson and another man with photographic equipment on ...

No. 24469-FFG. (OWI list of codes indicates "FFG" refers to a federal agency source.)

[Photography] / H.G. Webber del.

[Photography] / H.G. Webber del.

Print showing a large steam powered camera that takes and develops photographs instantly. A long queue climbs steps on the right, stands before the camera, then receives a print before descending the steps on the left.

The Bashful model / S.L. Fildes.

The Bashful model / S.L. Fildes.

A scene in Newgate Prison, London, where a prisoner, being held down by police, is compelled to sit for his photograph, to be placed in the "Rogue's Gallery". Illus. in: Harper's weekly, 1873 Nov. 29, pp. 1064-1065.

Coating the plate. First position of the hands Second position of the hands

Coating the plate. First position of the hands Second position of the ...

Illustration shows the process of coating a glass plate negative with collodion. Title from item. Illus. in: A history and handbook of photography / tr. from the French of Gaston Tissandier, 1878, page 126.

[The pool at the Imperial Summerhouse on the Kağıthane]

[The pool at the Imperial Summerhouse on the Kağıthane]

Photograph possibly by Abdullah Frères. Title translated from album caption. Captioned in Ottoman Turkish and French. No. 18. No. 900. In album: Palaces, mosques, monuments, and other structures, Istanbul and e... More

[Photographer and subject, in Yokohama, Japan]

[Photographer and subject, in Yokohama, Japan]

Print shows a woman posing for a portrait photograph, half-length, seated, facing right, next to a table with a potted plant; at the top of the image is a banner filled with text and an illustration of the phot... More

Lithographie photographie Meisenbach

Lithographie photographie Meisenbach

Print shows a woman standing with lithographic printing equipment on the left and a woman standing with a camera on the right; between them is a large display with a plant in an urn on a table and a heraldic de... More

Palestine - Mt. Carmel

Palestine - Mt. Carmel

View of man with camera facing people with camels, and Mt. Carmel, Palestine in background. Frank and Frances Carpenter Collection (Library of Congress). Photograph by Rafic Saba(?).

Washington, D.C. - photographing an Indian delegation, in [C.M.] Bell's studio, for the government / from a sketch by A.B. Shults.

Washington, D.C. - photographing an Indian delegation, in [C.M.] Bell'...

Illus. in: Frank Leslie's illustrated newspaper, v. 53, no. 1354 (1881 Sept. 10), p. 24. Reference copy may be in LOT 4391-F. Published in: Many nations: A Library of Congress resource guide for the study of In... More

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