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1847North America • USAThe African-American photographers Glenalvin and Wallace Goodridge establish their daguerreotype studio in York, Pennsylvania. 
Enterprising Images: the Goodridge Brothers, African American Photographers, 1847-1922 
John Vincent Jezierski (Author)
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1847Europe • Great BritainThe Calotype Club is founded in London.
1847North America • USA 
Thomas Easterly
Daguerreotype of a Streak of Lightning taken June 18th 1847 at 9 o'clock P.M. By T.M. Easterly St. Louis Mo. 
1847, 18 June (taken) 1874-1878 (cabinet card)
Thomas Easterly makes what may be the first ever photograph of a streak of lightning on a daguerreotype plate. (18 June 1847)
1849Middle East 
Maxime Du Camp
Kalabscheh. Ptolémée Caesarion 
[Egypte, Nubie, Palestine et Syrie, pl. 91] 
Maxime Du Camp (1822–1894) sets out on an official mission to photograph the sites and monuments of Egypt, Palestine and Syria.
1849Europe • Great Britain 
Maull & Polyblank
Scottish Physicist, Sir David Brewster (1781-1868), inventor of the refracting stereoscope and the Kaleidoscope. He is also credited with inventing the first twin lens stereoscopic camera. 
Sir David Brewster develops the lenticular stereoscope.
1850Europe • Great Britain 
Richard Beard
The Oyster Stall 
Henry Mayhew publishes London Labor and London Poor with wood engravings based on Daguerreotypes that were taken under the supervision of Richard Beard (1802-1885).
1850Europe • FranceLouis-Désiré Blanquart-Evrard perfects a process for making positive prints coated with albumen. This is one of the most popular types of photographic prints through the nineteenth century.
1850North America • USA 
Unidentified photographer/creator
The first issue of The Daguerreian Journal: devoted to the Daguerreian and Photogenic Arts is published in New York. It is the world's first photographic journal. (November 1850)
1850Europe • FranceLouis Jules Duboscq in Paris manufactures the first functioning stereoscopic viewer.
1850North America • USAMathew Brady publishes his collection A Gallery of Illustrious Americans.
1851Europe • FranceMissions Héliographiques established in France with Édouard Baldus, Hippolyte Bayard, Gustave Le Gray, Henri Le Secq and Auguste Mestral recording the architectural patrimony of France.
1851Europe • Great Britain 
David Brewster
Fig. 115 David Brewster 
1864 (published)
Queen Victoria is presented with a deluxe stereoscope by David Brewster beginning the craze in stereographs.
1851Europe • France 
Eugene Piot
Florence: Santa Maria del Fiore. Détails du 1er et du 2e ordre. 1296 et 1425 
[L'Italie Monumentale] 
The photographs of Eugène Piot are used for the first French book illustrated with photographs - Italie Monumentale. (May 1851)
1851Europe • FranceThe Societé Héliographique is founded in Paris. Headed by Baron Jean-Baptiste-Louis Gros (1793-1870) the society includes Gustave Le Gray, Henri-Victor Regnault, Henri Le Secq and the painter Delacroix. (January 1851)
1851Europe • FranceLouis-Désiré Blanquart-Evrard (1802-1872) opens a photographic print making firm in Lille. The Maxime Du Camp work Egypte, Nubie, Palestine et Syrie that starts to appear in instalments from September 1851 onwards is the first book it produces the plates for.
1851Europe • Great Britain 
Frederick Scott Archer
Frederick Scott Archer 
1855 (ca)
Frederick Scott Archer publishes his invention of the wet collodion process in a copy of The Chemist. Although a more complex process than Daguerreotype it has finer detail and a faster exposure time. It was the basis for the ambrotype and the tintype that became popular later in the decade. (March 1851)
1853North America • USA 
Washington Lafayette Germon
Quarter plate Mascher Stereo Daguerreotype by W. L German, Philadelphia. 
John Frederick Mascher of Philadelphia, USA patents a stereo viewing apparatus consisting of a case with a fold-out set of lenses. These are now known as Mascher stereo cases.
1853Europe • Great BritainPreliminary meetings are held with a view to forming the Photographic Society of London. The first public meeting takes place on 20th January 1854. Roger Fenton is the Honorary Secretary for the group and Charles Eastlake the first President.
1853North America • USA 
Unidentified photographer/creator
Hancock House, Boston: An original Crystallotype or Sun Picture 
Homes of American Statesman is published and is the first American book containing a photograph. The photograph is a tipped in salt print frontispiece of John Hancock's Boston house.
1853North America • USA 
George N. Barnard
Fire in the Ames Mills, Oswego, New York 
1853, July 5
Two photographs are taken of the burning Mills at Oswego, New York by George N. Barnard who would become one of the great photographers of the American Civil War (1861-1865). (5 July 1853) [Read about]

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