The history of photography commenced with the invention and development of the camera and the creation of permanent images starting with Thomas Wedgwood in 1790 and culminating in the work of the French inventor Joseph NicÃ©phore NiÃ©pce in 1826.
Thomas Wedgwood is credited with a major contribution to photography and technology, for being the first man to think of and develop a method to copy visible images chemically to permanent media.
In his many experiments with heat and light, taking place circa 1790 â€“ and possibly with advice on silver nitrate from his tutor Alexander Chisholm and from members of the Lunar Society â€“ Wedgwood first used ceramic pots coated with silver nitrate as well as treated paper and white leather as media of print, and had the most success with the white leather. Although he originally tried to create images with a â€œcamera obscura,â€ his attempts were unsuccessful. His major achievements were the printing of an objectâ€™s profile through direct contact with the treated paper, thus creating an imageâ€™s shape on paper, and, by a similar method, copying transparent paintings-on-glass through direct contact and exposure to sunlight.