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Course & Subject Guides

History of Photography Research @ Pitt: Technology

Designed to assist students taking History of Photography courses at Pitt.

Photographic Technology

Researching Photographic Technology

Subject Headings

Subject headings are a set of terms or phrases that classify materials.  To perform a subject search using one of the subject headings listed below, follow these steps:

  1. Go to homepage
  2. Click the PittCat Classic tab 
  3. Select Subject Heading from the dropdown menu
  4. Enter "Camera Lucida" for example 
  5. Click Enter 

Subject Headings:  

  • Cameras
  • Camera Lucida
  • Camera Obscuras  
  • Pinhole Cameras
  • 35 mm Cameras 
  • Kodak Camera
  • Cameras -- Technological Innovations 
  • Photography -- Digital Techniques -- Equipment and Supplies 
  • Digital Cameras 
  • Digital Cinematography 

If any of the subject headings in PittCat do not contain enough resources to look through for your research, try plugging the subject heading into Worldcat and then requesting materials you find through Interlibrary Loan.  

Images: Pre-Photographic & Early Photographic Technologies


One of the earliest camera technologies to be used, a camera lucida.


Inner and outer workings of a Kodak Brownie camera. 

(Images used for educational purposes via Artstor)