Edited by Gerald Boerner
During the early history of photography, American photographers lagged only slightly behind their counterparts on the continent, especially France. Louis Daguerre developed his polished plate process, the Daguerreotype, in 1839. Félix Nadar took the first aerial photo from a balloon in1858, but James Wallace Black of Boston took his first U.S. aerial photograph from a balloon in the early 1860s. Photography studios popped upon across the east coast of this country while many itinerant photographers roamed the rural west.
The American Civil War provided one of the first real opportunities for field, documentary photography. Names like Matthew Brady, Alexander Gardener, and Timothy O’Sullivan are closely associated with this documentation of the carnage of major Civil War battles. Balloons were used to survey the battlefields to monitor troop movements, and James Wallace Black boarded a balloon over the city of Boston to photograph several of the neighborhoods. The world has not been the same since.
We need to credit these early practitioners of photography for their pioneering work with the primitive cameras, slow recording media, and development with dangerous chemicals. But now it’s time to examine the work of James Wallace Black, one of the pioneers in this exciting field… GLB
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