Photography was the first available demonstration that light could indeed exert an action sufficient to cause changes in material bodies.
I do not claim to have perfected an art but to have commenced one, the limits of which it is not possible at present exactly to ascertain.
[The camera] may be said to make a picture of whatever it sees, the object glass is the eye of the instrument - the sensitive paper may be compared to the retina.
One advantage of the discovery of the Photographic Art will be, that it will enable us to introduce into our pictures a multitude of minute details which add to the truth and reality of the representation, but which no artist would take the trouble to faithfully copy from nature.
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