History of Photography Timeline


No one can call themselves a true photographer if they aren't familiar with those who came before them. After all, as Sir Isaac Newton put it, "If I have seen a little further, it is only by standing on the shoulders of giants."


To summarize the history of photography.



1) Content - 30 marks

Your historical timeline should include 20 key moments in the history of photography, each one accompanied by a picture.  Please list your sources in small text in a corner of each slide.  Ex: "Sources = 1,5"

Use PowerPoint to create a basic slideshow, with one point per page, an introduction page and a conclusion page. I will give a PowerPoint tutorial to anyone who needs it.

Research - Use the Internet for your research. You should research several websites in order to gather your data and verify facts. Your final slide should be a list of at least five websites you gathered information from.

You will be highly penalized if you copy data from one or two websites without making your own decisions about what the key moments in history are.

You may want to copy/paste information from websites into a Word document and then highlight key dates as you find them.

Timeline - Your research will give you a large number of important dates to choose from.  Your job is to use your own judgement to organize the data into a timeline containing what you think are the 20 most important dates / events. 

This timeline should be significantly different from any individual timeline that you find in your research.  It should also be significantly different from other students' timelines.

Photos - I suggest creating a folder for your slideshow photos. Make sure to name your photos in such a way as to make them easier to identify when you are inserting them.

2) Creativity / Originality - 20 marks

I want to see that you've put some serious thought into what points to include. Do you have the same points as everyone else or have you delved more deeply into the subject and extracted personal meaning?

You can also improve your creativity mark by making your presentation look great.

3) Professionalism

Professionalism is based on the attention paid to the accurate and careful presentation of the final project. This includes handing your work in on time, with the proper file name, and in the format specified.

Proper file name:

  • "username_timeline.ppt"
  • handed in to the Timeline folder on the Photo Room server