Digital photography is changing the way we take pictures. This movement from film to electronic media is just one more step in the history of photography.This set of random links provides access to sites that explore the background of the art and science of writing with light.

American Museum of Photography An award-winning Virtual Museum dedicated to educating, informing, and sharing great photographs with millions of Internet visitors world-wide. Exhibitions are drawn from the Museum's Collection. The Collection includes five thousand individual images, from the earliest daguerreotype portraits to the work of Ansel Adams. Each photograph has been chosen for its visual impact as well as for the importance of its content.

Autochrome. Autochrome was the first process used to create color photographs.It was developed in 1903 by the Lumiere brothers and was in continuous use until the 1930's when it replaced by color film.This site has examples of what is a beautiful color process no longer easily available to artists.

History of Photography: Three comprehensive historical articles from the What You Need to Know About series.

Part 1 Camera and Film
Part 2 Improving Film and Prints
Part 3 Time Line of the Arts of Photography

A History of Photography.This site by Robert Leggat, examines the people, processes, and technologies of photography from its earliest beginnings to the 1920's. Of particular interest is "How Photography Began" and "Significant People".

History of Photography Timeline by Philip Greenspun. Here is a quick overview from early camera obscura to the late 1990's and the photo CD.

National Museum of American Art-Photography Online. This is an online collection of significant American photography provided by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Includes: The First Century of American Photographs, Contemporary American Landscape Photography, and American Daguerreotypes.

Nicéphore Niépce. In 1816, Niépce researches an idea that has obsessed him for many years: making permanent the images seen at the back of camera obscura . This site is devoted to one of the inventors of film and other photographic technologies.