The Bang Average Movie Podcast

History of the Camera: Part One - From Camera Obscura to Photographic Images - Bang Average Film School

January 6, 2020

Welcome to the inaugural episode of the Bang Average Film School, in which Tyler and Nate attempt to teach each other aspects of film history and theory despite having no credentials to do so!

In this first episode (part one of two!), Nate lays out the history of the camera, starting with the development of the camera obscura all the way through the photography boom of the late 19th century.

Topics include emerald spectacles, the use of the camera obscura as a drawing aid, Rene Descartes recommending the use of dead people's eyes as lenses, the Arabic contribution to the science of optics, and taking family portraits with dead people!


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