Lights and Shadows in the History of Photography

The history of photography was so determined by the lights of reason and truth as by the shadows of superstition and illusion.

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One of the most quoted moments in the history of photography is the speech of the politician and physicist François Arago presenting the daguerreotype to the Chamber of Deputies in Paris, in July 1839: the announcement of photography was famously characterised by a positivist fervor and an illuminist enthusiasm. Arago presented the invention of Louis Daguerre and Nièpce Nicèphore, emphasizing the progress photography would bring to scientific domains such as astronomy and archeology … While the contributions of photography for science were highlighted by Arago’s positivist discourse, the important role photography would play in the entertainment industry was yet unpredictable and it was, in some way, hiding in the shadows. Indeed, photography is related to science as well as to entertainment. The history of photography was so determined by the lights of reason and truth as by the shadows of superstition and illusion. Received with a positivist ambiance of exploration…

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