Articles and Essays

  • A Brief History of Panoramic Photography

    Shortly after the invention of photography in 1839, the desire to show overviews of cities and landscapes prompted photographers to create panoramas. Early panoramas were made by placing two or more daguerreotype plates side-by-side. Daguerreotypes, the first commercially available photographic process, used silver- coated copper plates to produce highly detailed images.

  • Selected Panoramic Photographs

    Duluth, Minnesota. Seeing Change Over Time: 1870-1913 City views are particularly interesting to historians because they can document the growth and change of an area over time. Panoramas of Duluth, Minnesota, dramatically show its development.

  • Selected Photographers and Examples of Their Work

    George R. Lawrence. The Panoramic Photograph Collection includes images taken by more than four hundred different photographers. The following biographies profile four photographers whose work demonstrates a few special aspects of the panoramic format. Among the photographers most heavily represented in the collection are: F.J. Bandholtz, Haines Photo Co., and West Coast Art Co. Some of the panorama creators are identified only as a ...

  • Shooting a Panoramic Photograph

    On a cold December day, some Library of Congress staff members volunteered to be the subjects of a demonstration of how a panoramic photograph is made.