The earliest films were simply one static shot that showed an event or action with no editing or other cinematic techniques. Around the turn of the 20th century, films started stringing several scenes together to tell a story.

Click to read the "Short History of Film Making"

A whole range of equipment have been invented down the centuries in order to highlight pictures, give them a particular rendering, make them move, and capture them forever. 

Click to read about the developments in "Photography - a Journey in Progress"

In this video series, Craig Benzine explains the history of cinema, from the discovery of moving pictures to the history of contemporary film genres. The series is part of the Crash Course Channel and was produced in collaboration with PBS Digital Studios.

Click to get an overview of the Film History Crash Course

Catalog of photographic articles sold by Budtz Müller Successors, the oldest photographic business in Copenhagen founded in 1862.

Click to explore the surprising photographic items for sale around year 1900