About vintage photography origins, you may have asked this question before: Where did it come from? Why the sudden increase in the hype and in, ahem, filters? And that’s in both editing software and in phone camera settings. We don’t blame you if you love choosing this preset as well. Vintage photos really do have a stunning classic feel to them.
Here’s a brief history of vintage photography and how it got to where it is today.
Vintage Photography Origins: How Did It All Start?
History records show that the 15th century started it all… vintage photography. Rather, photography, in its purest form. Or back as it was originally known back then, black and white. When silver chloride is exposed to oxygen, it immediately becomes dark. This is a phenomenon that Robert Boyle had discovered during that period.
After a few other pioneers tried their hand at creating images that have those darkened, textured tones, it was Sir John Herschel who discovered the very process of this type of photography by the 1860s.
Now for a more familiar name, French photographer M. Daguerre (whose name was honored through the Daguerrotype) had received the notes of the then passed away Joseph Niepce. Niepce formulated a manual experiment of keeping a black and white image veiled by a petroleum-laced pewter plate. After about 7-8 hours under blinding sunshine, the photo was recorded.
Daguerre, then, furthered these recordings and developed it so that it would only take about half an hour of exposure under the sun. After the Dagueerotype came the Calotype. This time, from the mind of another innovator, William Fox Talbot.
Innovation after innovation gave way to discovering a photographic material that could develop an image within a span of 15 minutes. Fast forward to today, we have digital photography, and a branch of it, Vintage Photography. This branch, a throwback to how images first looked like a century ago.
Do you know what a vintage photograph is? How would you define it? With today’s modern definition of the term, vintage images allude to how photos were printed in the past. This is the reason why you also know them as “classic photos”. “Classic” pertaining to a period in the past when photos were taken without color. And after time had passed them by, faded. Albeit a beautiful fade.
Thus, vintage photography is creating stills and pictures of the same tone. And the result is a blast from the past, if we may say it that way.
In this day and age where the evolution of technology goes by faster than you know, you can achieve this type of texture and color in photos with a simple click. Phone cameras have filters settings that are for vintage or black and white effects.
At the same time, photo editing software have presets that bring about almost the same results. You’ve probably tried them, too. Though of course, in a crisper, high image-quality manner. If not these, professional photographers experiment with artificial and natural light. This is done in order to achieve that vintage tone without the need for too much editing.
Regardless of the method, vintage photography has become a widely favored print that’s gorgeously elegant at any age.