The Collective Picture

Vintage Photography Redefined

admin On April - 24 - 2009
For me the most enjoyable post so far has been the one documenting Victorian images, this collection interested me so much because of the history of photography that the pictures told. In many of the national archives there exists images that show another important development in photography, the panoramic image. I have collected photographs of cities from around the world, Canada, United States and Australia. Creating an overview of this early photographic development and the urban spaces it has been able to capture and preserve. In 1843 and 1844 the Daguerreotype technique was used to create the first panoramic images. The Daguerreotype approach involved exposing the image on a mirror-polished surface using silver halide particles deposited by iodine vapor. After the advent of the wet-plate collodion process photographers would take anywhere from 2 to a dozen prints and piece them together to form a panoramic image. When film was invented in 1888 cameras marketed for the purpose of panoramic shots soon appeared. Bellow is an advertisement for one of these early panoramic film cameras.

Al vista camera2 The Early View: Panoramic Photographs.cities

1900. Panoramic Camera advertisement.

1851 Panoramic San Francisco from Rincon Hill The Early View: Panoramic Photographs.cities

c. 1851. Panoramic photo, San Francisco from Rincon Hill. Photographed by Martin Behrman, Gelatin Silver print. It is believed that the panorama initially had eleven plates, but the original daguerreotypes no longer exist. copyright Library of Congress. USA. 1910.

1870 Duluth Minnesota The Early View: Panoramic Photographs.cities

Duluth in 1870. Minnesota. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA

1908 Falls City Neb The Early View: Panoramic Photographs.cities

c1908. Falls City, Nebraska. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 2040 USA

1908.Panoramic Austrialia

1908. Panoramic View from Railway Clock Tower, showing new railway station, Flinders Street Canberra. National Archives of Australia.

1909.Panorama North Hudson County The Early View: Panoramic Photographs.cities

c1909. Panorama of North Hudson County, New Jersey. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA

havana cuba The Early View: Panoramic Photographs.cities

1910’s-View of Havana harbor, Cuba, with vessels of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet in the distance. Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs. National Archives and Records Administration. The photograph was taken by C. E. Doty. His studio location is unspecified as is the date, though it was probably the early 1910s

1913 Duluth The Early View: Panoramic Photographs.cities

c. 1913. Bird’s-eye view of Duluth showing harbor from Point of Rocks. In the foreground railroad tracks reveal the increasing importance of rail transportation. Duluth’s aerial lift bridge is in the center of the panorama. An electrically-operated car, suspended from the overhead span, carried cars between Minnesota Point, the narrow stretch of land that extends into Lake Superior, and the mainland. Prior to the construction of this bridge, travelers used a ferry or a narrow footbridge that operated only in winter. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA

1913 Toronto harbor The Early View: Panoramic Photographs.cities

1913. Toronto Canada. Photographed by Panoramic Camera CO. Library and Archives Canada

1913 Philadelphia The Early View: Panoramic Photographs.cities

1913 Philadelphia panorama. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C1913 1914 Baltimore The Early View: Panoramic Photographs.cities 1913 or 1914. Panoramic view of the business section of Baltimore, one of America’s greatest and most promising commercial cities. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C

1918 camp meigs The Early View: Panoramic Photographs.cities

“Camp Meigs, Washington, DC. July 20, 1918.” Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs (165-PP-37-11). National Archives and Records Administration1928 Ponca City Oklahoma The Early View: Panoramic Photographs.cities

c1928. Panoramic photo of Ponca City, Oklahoma. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA1930 Shanghai China The Early View: Panoramic Photographs.cities

1930. Panoramic photograph of the harbor at Shanghai, China. The panoramic print shows the business area of Shanghai, taken at a height, looking across the Huangpu River. The image includes an unidentified British gunboat of a type manufactured in the 1920s and 1930s and in use on the Huangpu at this time. Library and Archives Canada

for more information regarding the history of this technique see:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panoramic_photographyhttp://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/collections/panoramic_photo/pnhist1.html

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2 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    The above Canberra panorama is incorrect, I suspect it is Melbourne.

  2. J. W. says:

    Thanks for the correction to the location for this photo.
    According to the archives from which I found the image the location for the photo is Canberra. But if you give me a reference as to where you got your information I would be happy to research it further.

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