Louis Daguerre is one of the fathers of photography. Although the process he invented had limited application because it could not capture motion, it gave impetus to the development of this technology. Photography, like art can be used for ugly purposes but it has also revolutionized human life. The ability to take and to reproduce and to transmit images with ease has changed the process by which history itself is recorded. The ability to see the practices and the arts and the lives of people of other cultures in books and films has greatly extended our understanding of others. The camera has played its own role in the process about which the Divine Principle speaks:
- the rapid progress of transportation and communication has greatly bridged the gap between East and West, and the extensive contact among languages and cultures has brought the world much closer together. (Exposition, p 328).
The camera and the technology
of photography, initially still then later moving, has played a crucial part in this providential process. Daguerre does not get all the credit but he did play a very significant part in the development of photographic technology.