Leonardo da Vinci's Inventions
"...Here the figures, here the colors, here all the images of every part of the universe are contracted to a point. O what a point is so marvelous!"
- Leonardo da Vinci
In 1490, da Vinci wrote the first detailed description of camera obscura in his Atlantic Codex, a 1,286 page collection of drawings and writings. The principle of camera obscura is simple, punch a hole in a dark box and put a piece of light-sensitive material on the other side and, voilà, you have a photograph.
Camera obscura (L), 2004 Nikon D70
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(Text by Melissa Robotti/Boston.com correspondent)