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II. Working Digitally > 7. Saving Captured Images

Chapter 7. Saving Captured Images

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Favino Piefrancesco © by Douglas Kirkland. Courtesy of the artist.

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Photography is about memories. From its very inception the photographic arts have largely been used to memorialize events, people, and places and to make fine art. And there has always been an attempt to keep these objects and develop methods to remake them.

A major issue for photographers and museums has been the desire to store and maintain photographs for later use. In the early days, daguerreotypes and ambrotypes were displayed in leather cases that could be carried. When the Kodak camera became available to casual photographers, scrapbooks and photo albums became the way to store and display photographs.

The key to much of photography’s allure is its ability to reproduce an image over and over. Although the early photographic processes were singular events, the development of various negative film processes allowed for duplication and reinterpretation of photographs. At this point it became important for the photographer to maintain the original captured image to allow for duplication.


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