Advert for Warwick Brook's lantern camera
Medium: Print on paper
The first photograph was taken in 1827 by the Frenchman, Joseph Niépce. The exposure took eight hours and the image could not be permanently preserved. Niépce's experiment did, however, lay the foundation for further progress.
By the last few decades of the century cameras were relatively common among the upper classes - hand crafted from polished woods, brass and leather. The Warwick Brooks Lantern Camera advertised on this leaflet is a representative example. The lens, shutter and focussing screen were all protected inside the outer wooden casing of the camera.