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Ansel Easton AdamsAnsel Easton Adams
built his reputation photographing the American wilderness, often in black and white. He was also the author of numerous works on photographic technique, and the co-founder of the department of photography at the Museum of Modern Art.
Mathew B. BradyMathew B. Brady
opened a daguerreotype gallery in New York City in 1844. By 1850 he had gained a reputation as one of America's greatest portrait photographers, and by the time of his death had photographed every President from John Quincy Adams to William McKinley. He also gained considerable fame for his photographic record of the Civil War.
Louis-Jacques Mande DaguerreLouis-Jacques Mandé Daguerre
developed the photographic process known as Dageurreotype in 1837. His process made it possible to reduce the exposure time necessary to produce an image from several hours to thirty minutes or so.
George EastmanGeorge Eastman
became determined to simplify the photographic process after spending $5 to learn how to use all of the equipment necessary for wet-plate photography. He patented a dry photographic plate and process in 1879, and rolled film and a camera to use it in 1888. The name he coined for his camera and film was "Kodak."
Edwin Herbert LandEdwin Herbert Land
was the inventor of Polaroid film, and of the Polaroid Land Camera. Altogether he held 535 patents, second only to Thomas Edison's 1,097, and at one time was listed in the Guiness Book of World Records as the world's richest scientist.
Joseph-Nicephore NiepceJoseph-Nicéphore Niépce
produced the world's first photograph in 1826, but the process he used proved impracticable and he ultimately abandoned the field.
Gordon ParksGordon Roger Alexander Buchanan Parks
began his career as a fashion photographer. In 1942 he became the first black to work for the Farm Security Administration, for which he took documentary photographs of everyday life. In 1948 he became the first black to become a photojournalist for Life magazine.
Underwood & UnderwoodUnderwood & Underwood
began producing stereoscopic prints around 1890, and was producing 25,000 a day by 1901. The company established a news agency in 1904, and went on to dominate the news photo field for the next thirty years. The comapny also enjoyed success with its "Underwood Travel System."

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