Did you know that photography was born during the time of Antiquity? Obviously not the apparatuses or techniques that we are familiar with, those that came forth during the 1800’s, but the first research done on light and optics, about 2000 years ago. Later, chemists tried to ‘write with light’ by using filters and other materials. Nevertheless it was only with the work of Daguerre, Maddox and Eastman that humanity was finally able to capture and reproduce the effects of light. Since then, it has been evolving. Photography, which required an exposing time of three minutes at the beginning of the 1900’s, now takes three millionths of a second today. At the turn of the century, one click was expensive; today we take a hundred photos and look at two. It is this relationship with the image that the Societe d’histoire de Sherbrooke explores with its new exhibition A travers la lentille.
More than 75 artefacts, cameras from the 19th century, and 150 photographs of Sherbrooke through the years will allow visitors to discover the development of photographtaking techniques. Come and see the real equipment of a photographic studio of 1900, a dark room, and hear the special techniques of professional photographers.
A travers la lentille will run until November 9th, 2014. It is presented in the American Biltrite hall of the Societe d’histoire de Sherbrooke at 275 Dufferin, in Shrbrooke.