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Watch: The History Of Cameras, As Told By North Korea
By Izza Sofia, 03 Mar 2021
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Have you ever wondered about the history of cameras? The North Korean government has released an educational 15-minute video on camera history titled History of inventions seen in manga, camera.
The video was shared on YouTube by user dprknow. According to them, the clip aired on the Children’s Broadcast Time segment on Korean Central Television, a television service owned by the North Korean government.
The video is, of course, in Korean, but you can select the automatic translation button to roughly translate it.
It is rather informative, taking viewers all the way back to the first camera obscura. The lady in the video touched on the oldest known photo, taken by Joseph Nicéphore Niépc between 1826 and 1827. The segment also covers several pioneers like Henry Fox Talbot and George Eastman.
The video also discusses wet-plate photography, negative film, and even instant cameras. However, it falsely claimed that instant cameras died out after digital photography took over. This is a strange claim, as Fujifilm recently released the Instax Mini last year.
The host also asked her “comrade photographer” to snap a photo of her using the instant camera to demonstrate how the device “used to work.”
The narrator additionally encouraged children to dream about inventing a “nice camera” in the future. She said they should study hard and become camera inventors themselves one day.
[via PetaPixel, cover image via Shutterstock]
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