BY SY SCHRECKINGER
THE “MAGIC” OF projecting a three dimensional image onto a two dimensional or flat surface has fascinated scientists, theologists and the simply curious throughout the ages. The birth of photographic cameras is attributed to the “Camera Obscura”, a device dating back to ancient China. A box-like room with a pinhole or lens in one wall was utilized to project an image of an outdoor scene onto a flat interior-viewing surface.
Various attempts, over the centuries, to create permanent picture, camera-type instruments resulted in unstable images or the requirement of highly complicated procedures. It was the ingenuity of George Eastman that led to major advancements in the field of photography. Eastman pioneered the technique of permanent picture photography when he began manufacturing paper film in 1885.