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A Short History Of The Camera - Hidden Cameras Of The 19th & 20th Centuries
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A Short History Of the Camera  -  Hidden Cameras Of the 19th & 20th Centuries

If you are old enough to remember the 1960s as a child, you may remember the backs of the comic magazines which often advertised micro-small cameras, those that fit in the palm of the hand, others more like a Dick Tracy wrist camera, and the like.

At the time, acquiring one of these was an exciting experience. One could actually send the camera or its film away for processing. The quality of the prints varied greatly from camera to camera.

This article will explore the wonderful world of the hidden camera and other novelties in photography over the course of its existence.

Take Snapshots without Your Subject Ever Knowing - In Style for the 19th Century!

Hidden cameras are not a new invention. The value in having a concealed camera was not realized until the advent of the supportive photography, which is by far of much more recent origin in the history of the camera.

In those days, some folks had no idea what an enthusiastic photographer was pointing at them. The fear from the few resulted in broken camera obscura boxes and possibly the face of the photographer as well.

As folks generally became aware of cameras in general and some of the gadgetry, it became increasingly challenging for private eye detectives who needed photographs in volatile conditions. It would not be until the advent of the dry plate, could the hidden camera, in most circumstances, be practical due to the physical size of the equipment and the exposure time required in the older processes.

Before the aesthetics of photographic etiquette and respecting people's right not to be outright photographed, photographic enthusiasts did not stop at anything to come up with contrived ways to fool their subjects out of a sneak snapshot without their knowledge. With the invention of the dry plate method, the camera very quickly took its place in the spy’s toolbox as well and ...well, this problem still continues with us today with cameras everywhere legally snapping pictures (or videotaping) of all our moving about on the public streets and byways.

As for enthusiasts today who insist on snapping the pictures of unwary subjects, this can lead to legal problems today depending on what or where the shots were taken of.

The Camera Takes On Insidious Forms in the 19th Century and Even More During the 20th

By the end of the 19th century, the camera has already assumed the shapes of almost any conceivable thing, with examples too numerous to mention. We find these super antique cameras in the form of lapel watches, hats, pens, canes, books, candle stands, mirrors, existing portraits, alas, any inconspicuous thing a camera could be crammed into.

The private eye detective and spies loved these things...and so did our prank-loving and pornographic ancestors!

As cameras became technically advanced and features on them miniaturized, the more sophisticated camera surveillance and spyware became.

The Hidden Camera of the 21st Century

Great an invention the camera is, it can certainly be used for our general invasion of privacy, especially out and around on the streets. Surveillance cameras are everywhere today and a day rarely passes when anyone gets away with being videotaped somewhere during the course of the day.

Cameras are coming into widespread use to snag traffic violators and many major intersections have them now. New York City began installing them in the 1990s and other cities at the turn of the 21st century.

They have also been very instrumental in catching criminal acts in progress, from the camera of a passer by to satellite cameras far out in space!. The new high definition sports cameras of today catch a daily regimen of such occurrences as the cameras are in widespread use amongst modern enthusiasts..

To Recap:

  • In most circumstances, concealing camera obscuras was not easily done upon sudden need for that photograph.
  • The dry-plate photographic processing method opened the world of spy/surveillance cameras, showing up very quickly in the market.
  • Camera concealment not only continues today, it flourished and scarcely a move goes undetected today by local and government authorities.
  • The hidden cameras include satellite imagery that has also been perfected.

No other time in the history of the camera has the world been so photographically documented than these days, especially with the newer, next-generation cameras available today.


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