A Walk Down Photography’s Memory Lane

Photography has evolved dramatically over the past almost two centuries, since being invented in the 1800s by Nicéphore Niépce, and later perfected by Louis Daguerre, and numerous others that followed. When we think about those first photos to which we have been exposed (yes, shameless pun inserted there), most of us conjure images of dour-faced men, woman, and children – a far cry from the infinite number of “selfies” being taken and instantaneously shared, and posted to social media today.

Jump ahead to 1888, when Eastman Kodak was founded by George Eastman and Henry Strong. Kodak owned the photography market for most of the 20th century. When you thought photography, you thought Kodak. And, who amongst us hasn’t had a “Kodak moment?”

Later in 1949, while many think it was Kodak that introduced the disposable camera, it was a company called Photo-Pac that produced a cardboard camera with eight shots total, which had to be mailed-in for processing. Later, Fujifilm and Kodak followed with their versions.

For users of the Kodak disposable camera, there were about 27 photos or so per camera, so you had to be rather discriminating about what was “photo-worthy.” Once the 27 photos were used, you had to manually wind the film to the end inside its little roll, open the back of the camera and pull it out (you could throw away the camera). Then, you marched to your nearest photo hut to drop off the film for developing. A few days later, you were able to return to the photo hut to pick up your photos and enjoy your memories.

Later, this service became available in mall stores, drug stores and the like. Instead of waiting days to review your photos, you need now only wait hours! Wow! Once printed, you had the paper photos, as well as the negatives you could hold onto should you ever wish to print.

Jump ahead to 2000, which was the year that the first camera phone sold in Japan by the Sharp Corporation. In 2002, Nokia and Sanyo made cell phones with cameras generally available. Nokia “boasted a large 176×208 pixel color display.” And of course, in 2007, Apple introduced its first iPhone with a camera. Today, you do not need to worry about printing each photo and storing it in a box or album. All photos are stored handily on your phone. Moreover, the options for saving your photos are numerous – from your computer to the cloud. Sharing photos can be as easy and emailing them to friends and family, to sharing a link to view them online.

However, if you are a professional photographer your media storage needs are likely a great deal more sophisticated. And, the ramifications of losing an image is a great deal direr. That’s where Drobo comes in. The award-winning Drobo has become the go-to solution for professional photographers because it offers an unprecedented combination of simple management and data protection features, together with easy-to-expand storage capacity, and all at a price you can afford. There are countless reviews available written by professional photographers and the industry’s leading voices alike. You can find a selection of them here.

As you may already know, on August 19 was World Photography Day, now considered the world’s largest celebration of the art and science of photography, attracting the attention of about 500 million people across the globe. In honor of World Photography Day, Drobo teamed with Photofocus to launch the first annual World Photography Day, Impact Photo Contest. There were over $4,000 in prizes awarded! See the winners and learn more here: