History Of Photography Quiz

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  • 1. 
    The term "camera obscura" is Latin for:
    • A. 

      Dark room

    • B. 

      Old camera

    • C. 

      Lighted room

    • D. 

      Hidden light

  • 2. 
    The development of Photography was created not by artists, but by:
    • A. 

      Chemists

    • B. 

      Machinists

    • C. 

      Military engineers

    • D. 

      Architects

  • 3. 
    The first documented photograph (seen here) was taken around:
    • A. 

      1826

    • B. 

      1847

    • C. 

      1855

    • D. 

      1860

  • 4. 
    How long was the exposure to light in one of the first documented photos (seen above)?
    • A. 

      About 8 minutes

    • B. 

      About 3 hours

    • C. 

      About 8 hours

    • D. 

      About 5 hours

  • 5. 
    In this 1838 photo of a Parisian street, no people were in the photo because:
    • A. 

      The shutter was open for 10 minutes, and everyone was moving too fast.

    • B. 

      The original was too dark, but when it was later lightened digitally, the figures didn't transfer.

    • C. 

      The photographer requested that the street be closed so he could get the best photo possible.

    • D. 

      The 1837 outbreak of Cholera forced people to stay in their homes.

  • 6. 
    What is a "Brownie"?
    • A. 

      The first inexpensive camera sold to the public.

    • B. 

      Slang term for the assistant who held the flash in early photography.

    • C. 

      A small brown box used to hold light-sensitive plates.

    • D. 

      The sponge used to wipe the chemicals from a Daguerrotype plate.

  • 7. 
    The Frenchman Louis Daguerre (known for the Daguerreotype) influenced photography by:
    • A. 

      Creating a more sensitive silver-based plate, reducing the exposure time from hours to just a few minutes.

    • B. 

      Creating a glass sheet 'negative' that could produce multiple prints of one image.

    • C. 

      Developed a camera that was portable and easy for people to carry.

    • D. 

      Creating a flash for the camera, so portraits could be shot indoors.

  • 8. 
    What was special about the POLAROID camera?
    • A. 

      The camera's film contained chemicals to immediately process the picture, making images instant.

    • B. 

      It was the first camera to be able to hold 24 photos instead of just one.

    • C. 

      The camera was the first to have a built-in flash, allowing people to take it anywhere.

    • D. 

      It was the first disposable camera.

  • 9. 
    What made the photos by James Van Der Zee special?
    • A. 

      He was the first landscape photographer to journey out to the American West.

    • B. 

      He depicted life of middle and upper-class African Americans in a lifestyle very similar to white people.

    • C. 

      He was the first to photograph Abraham Lincoln, General Grant and the Union army.

    • D. 

      He showed a side to war that few people had ever experienced.

  • 10. 
    Dorothea Lange (pictured here) made her mark in Photography History by shooting photos of:
    • A. 

      Migrant workers during the Great Depression.

    • B. 

      The American West landscape.

    • C. 

      Children in poor living conditions in the cities.

    • D. 

      Women in occupations outside of the home.

  • 11. 
    To this day, why do many crime scene experts prefer FILM-BASED instant cameras instead of the high-resolution digital cameras?
    • A. 

      Film-based cameras are easier to operate under low-light conditions.

    • B. 

      Digital images are way too easy to edit, and may not be considered valid evidence in court.

    • C. 

      Film cameras are much cheaper, so every investigator can have one available.

    • D. 

      Prosecutors are afraid that digital images will be shared on social networks before the trials.

  • 12. 
    What made the photos by Matthew Brady's studio special?
    • A. 

      He was the first landscape photographer to journey out to the American West.

    • B. 

      He depicted life of Native Americans that very few people had ever seen.

    • C. 

      He was the first to photograph the first five Presidents after 1840.

    • D. 

      He showed a side to war that few people had ever experienced.

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