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December 6, 2011

The World’s first War Photographer

Filed under: Documentation,Historical Material,Of Interest,Uncategorized — Stephen Shepherd @ 11:06 am

The first photographist was an unknown itinerant American who shot a number of daguerreotypes of which 6 are in the collection of Yale University.  He was in Mexico during the Mexican War in 1846-47 and using the ‘new’ photographic process introduced from Europe by Samuel F. B. Morse, the inventor of the Morse Code.

General Wool in Saltillo, Mexico, he is on a horse just left of center, on of the few pictures taken during the Mexican War, making this obscure American the very first war photographer.

What does this have to do with Woodworking?  His camera was made of wood.  Nice hats.



1 Comment »

  1. My brother is a photographer and has been asking me to make him a (wooden) camera. He wants to experiment with the ‘old’ way of doing wet plates, tin types, calotypes, etc. I guess the digital work in his day job as a photojournalist, while excellent for its quick turn-around requirements, does not interest him as much for his own personal work. Considering my own interest in hand tool woodworking, I can see his interest. There is something about being intimately connected with the process which makes the end result more enjoyable.

    Comment by Joe Cunningham — December 8, 2011 @ 11:28 am

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