As part of the anniversary activities of “175 Years of Photography”, the Imaging Assocaition “Photoindustrie-Verband” has compiled a photo database with over 500 technical milestones of the photo and imaging sector. Together with the explanatory texts, a timeline is created which is being expanded successively. This database can be freely accessed at www.photoindustrie-verband.de. Christoph Thomas, the chairman of Photoindustrie-Verband, comments: “In the above manner, we want to highlight the enormous innovation strength of our sector to all users – with developments stretching from the very beginnings of our industry to the present day. We are doing our best, but given the wealth of facets in the history of photography it is simply not possible for the database to claim completeness. The items of information gathered here were made available by the respective photo and imaging companies who are also in charge of the editorial aspects.”
Since the invention of photography – on 19 August 1839 all its technical details were officially announced in Paris – near-countless technical milestones have shaped the photography landscape. These milestones are not only about image capture; they cover the entire photo and imaging workflow – from picture processing and handling to printing on a large variety of media.