by Martina Šimkovičová

The emergence of photography as a medium interpreting the world around us has significantly changed our perception, storage and acquisition of new visual information about the world. In 1839, the French Academy of Sciences officially announced the “invention of photograph”, the most faithful depiction of a static image of reality until then.

Many physical and optical, chemical phenomena which, when combined, allow to create a photograph were partly described and empirically studied already in ancient times. Later observations and inventions were also made in Austria-Hungary, or more precisely the Slovak territory.