The History of Photography (Infographic)

January 21, 2014 /Photography News/ Here is the beautifully illustrated history of photography, from early cameras to mobile photography. 

Stats from the infographic include:

  • The first photograph required an eight hour exposure
  • More than 3.5 trillion photos have been taken since the first photo
  • 70% of all Facebook activity is based on photos
  • 300 million photos are uploaded to Facebook everyday
  • Photos make up 42% of all posts on Tumblr
  • 91% of all smartphone owners take at least one photo per month

 Mobile Photography [Infographic]
Courtesy of Overgram. Overgram is available for free in the App Store.


  1. Anonymous says

    i love this

    William R. Tallman says

    Interesting that "photography" was NOT even considered an 'art form' until late 1970's if memory serves me. After all how much (creativity) does it take to 'push a button'? vbg

    Dave says

    If you don't know, William, you never will.

    Suzanne Merritt says

    This looks great, just one BIG omission, where is the advent of instant photography? POLAROID should be included in any history of photograph. Wonder why it is missing. Instagram does keep the Polaroid look and feel alive in the digital age. I worked at Polaroid for 15 years and loved every moment!

    Unknown says

    The Question is, for professional photographer who earn money from photography, do they can survive?

    Anonymous says

    This seems like an advert for Instagram to me....

    Oh look at the end of the thing... They (probably) paid for it too.

    natasha says

    Great information. I personally don't think "art" when i think about photography, Photography for me is a great medium for photojournalism and documentary .

    Anonymous says

    Expression is one of the most important aspects of human existence. Photography is a means of achieving that.

    Vicki says

    Agree, Anonymous. Further, photography is an immediate introduction to significance. The top layer floats on the surface, but the waters are deep, and so is the import.

    David123456 says

    Stieglitz to Adams and beyond proved that photography could be art... but it takes practice and skill and an inner vision. Happy snaps on the cell phone are a separate pool. Photography , at least analog photography, has reverted to the pre-Kodak era where it was the province of wild-eyed enthusiasts

    Unknown says

    My camera kept me from going into adeep abiss after my husband passed. photography kept me engaged with the world around me. Its more than a picture.

    lcjack says

    Given the amazing new photographs I come across daily, I can't believe that photography is dead. Here is one of my favorite sites: Coeur d'Alene Photography

    Anonymous says

    So many photos ruined by over photoshoping

    Anonymous says

    It's the typewriter for the 21st century.

    Anonymous says

    I guess it depends on what you consider a photograph. Major motion pictures are rarely shot on film but that doesn't mean it's not a movie.

    Garmee says

    A fab infographic!

    Rohitam says

    Life is short to hate anyone so forgive often love someone smile often and do everything that makes you happy.

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