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When you think how common a photograph is today it is hard to even imagine a time when it would be rare however just such a unique time existed Prior to photographs events would be shared through stories drawings and paintings The civil war will come to be one of the most major events remembered in photographs These photographs were significant in changing the views of war because it revealed to people the atrocities of war that stories couldnt It was the early 1800s when photography began to take shape in the United States in the form of the daguerreotype introduced on January 7 1839 in France and named after its inventor LJM Daguerre It was an image formed on the surface of a silver-plated sheet of copper In the United States the 1st daguerreotype image was produced September 16 1839 by DW Seager of New York but it no longer exists It would be Joseph Saxtons image of Central High School Philadelphia Pennsylvania that would become the oldest surviving daguerreotype of today These very humble beginnings will lead to more and more processes of photography that will for the first time in United States history bring war to people in images taken by a camera Before this time war was captured with a sense of separation of reality using stories drawings and paintings which were romanticized by the author or artists point of view For example when you look at the famous oil painting of Washington Crossing the Delaware by Emanuel Leutze 1851 these men are painted like they just stepped out of the dressing room they are beautifully painted but no true feeling of the actual moment exists in the picture The practice of writing history changed as well and when historians looked for objective facts they turned to the camera to supply information that seemed to come without
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