Now for the first time this standard comprehensive history of photography is available in English translation based on the definitive edition of 1932. Historical background, tracing photography back to rudimentary knowledge of light in Greek and Roman cultural heydays. Eder traces discoveries and contributions through history each phase making some forward step towards the development of what came to be photography -- all reported in relation to their times. Pioneers -- the camera obscure -- Daguerre -- stereoscopic photography -- microphotography -- modern photography -- option, film photography -- motion pictures -- reproduction processes, etc. A vast amount of information for reference -- an indispensable book for Public Library shelves.