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Photography was born thanks to research first by Nicéphore Niépce and then by Louis Daguerre: in 1839 Daguerre developed the photographic technique that he would take his name: the daguerreotype.
Throughout the nineteenth century, continuous improvements were made and photographs were taken with very different techniques.
Portraiture was the dominant theme: in previous centuries only great families could afford a painter to capture a family image, while photography could achieve the same goal, at a lower cost.
Only in the twentieth century the industrialization of photographic processes allowed an improvement in the use of photography in publishing and information.
Today photography is an art in itself and collections of limited edition photographs have reached very high prices.