The camera obscura, a box with a hole in it that allows light to travel through to create an image on a surface on the other side, was described by Leonardo Da Vinci, and used by renaissance painters to aid in the creation of their paintings and drawings. As artists and scientists sought a way to make this image permanent, photography was invented.
Over the course of time we’ve seen color photography, digital photography, photography as art, photojournalism, wedding photography, pet photography, street photography, vernacular photography, moving photography and just about anything else you can think of. The once-mysterious art has progressed to the stage where it seems everyone has a camera in his or her pocket at all times. We no longer need to wait for the exposure and development of the film. But in its essence, photography is still the means to capture a moment.