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1845Europe • Great Britain 
Henry Fox Talbot
Book cover for "Sun Pictures in Scotland" by William Henry Fox Talbot 
[Sun Pictures in Scotland] 
Henry Fox Talbot publishes Sun Pictures in Scotland that includes locations associated with the novelist Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832). [Read about]
1845North America • USA 
William Langenheim
Frederick Langenheim Looking at Talbotypes 
1849-1851 (ca)
Langenheim & Langenheim , the two brothers William and Frederick, take a panorama of Niagara Falls using five separate Daguerreotypes. (July 1845)
1845Europe • France 
Armand Hippolyte Fizeau
Fig. 13. M. Fizeau 
1864 (published)
Armand Hippolyte Fizeau (1819-1896) working with Léon Foucault (1819-1868) takes the first photograph of the sun.
1847Europe • Great BritainThe Calotype Club is founded in London.
1847North America • USAThe African-American photographers Glenalvin and Wallace Goodridge establish their daguerreotype studio in York, Pennsylvania. 
Enterprising Images: the Goodridge Brothers, African American Photographers, 1847-1922 
John Vincent Jezierski (Author)
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1847North America • USA 
Thomas Easterly
Daguerreotype of a Streak of Lightning taken June 18th 1847 at 9 o'clock P.M. By T.M. Easterly St. Louis Mo. 
1847, 18 June (taken) 1874-1878 (cabinet card)
Thomas Easterly makes what may be the first ever photograph of a streak of lightning on a daguerreotype plate. (18 June 1847)
1849Middle East 
Maxime Du Camp
Kalabscheh. Ptolémée Caesarion 
[Egypte, Nubie, Palestine et Syrie, pl. 91] 
Maxime Du Camp (1822–1894) sets out on an official mission to photograph the sites and monuments of Egypt, Palestine and Syria.
1849Europe • Great Britain 
Maull & Polybank (London)
Scottish Physicist, Sir David Brewster (1781-1868), inventor of the refracting stereoscope and the Kaleidoscope. He is also credited with inventing the first twin lens stereoscopic camera. 
Sir David Brewster develops the lenticular stereoscope.
1850Europe • Great Britain 
Richard Beard
The Oyster Stall 
Henry Mayhew publishes London Labor and London Poor with wood engravings based on Daguerreotypes that were taken under the supervision of Richard Beard (1802-1885).
1850Europe • FranceLouis-Désiré Blanquart-Evrard perfects a process for making positive prints coated with albumen. This is one of the most popular types of photographic prints through the nineteenth century.
1850North America • USA 
Unidentified photographer/creator
The first issue of The Daguerreian Journal: devoted to the Daguerreian and Photogenic Arts is published in New York. It is the world's first photographic journal. (November 1850)
1850Europe • FranceLouis Jules Duboscq in Paris manufactures the first functioning stereoscopic viewer.
1850North America • USAMathew Brady publishes his collection A Gallery of Illustrious Americans.
1851Europe • FranceMissions Héliographiques established in France with Édouard Baldus, Hippolyte Bayard, Gustave Le Gray, Henri Le Secq and Auguste Mestral recording the architectural patrimony of France.
1851Europe • Great Britain 
Frederick Scott Archer
Frederick Scott Archer 
1855 (ca)
Frederick Scott Archer publishes his invention of the wet collodion process in a copy of The Chemist. Although a more complex process than Daguerreotype it has finer detail and a faster exposure time. It was the basis for the ambrotype and the tintype that became popular later in the decade. (March 1851)
1851Europe • FranceLouis-Désiré Blanquart-Evrard (1802-1872) opens a photographic print making firm in Lille. The Maxime Du Camp work Egypte, Nubie, Palestine et Syrie that starts to appear in instalments from September 1851 onwards is the first book it produces the plates for.
1851Europe • FranceThe Societé Héliographique is founded in Paris. Headed by Baron Jean-Baptiste-Louis Gros (1793-1870) the society includes Gustave Le Gray, Henri-Victor Regnault, Henri Le Secq and the painter Delacroix. (January 1851)
1851Europe • France 
Eugene Piot
Florence: Santa Maria del Fiore. Détails du 1er et du 2e ordre. 1296 et 1425 
[L'Italie Monumentale] 
The photographs of Eugène Piot are used for the first French book illustrated with photographs - Italie Monumentale. (May 1851)
1851Europe • Great Britain 
David Brewster
Fig. 115 David Brewster 
1864 (published)
Queen Victoria is presented with a deluxe stereoscope by David Brewster beginning the craze in stereographs.
1853Europe • France 
Nadar (Gaspard-Félix Tournachon) opens a photographic studio in Paris that rapidly becomes the leading portrait studio for the cultured elite of Parisian society.

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