21 cameras that have changed the history of photography

A collection of the cameras that have marked the evolution of the photographic industry, from the first Kodak Brownie to the iPhone.

What do the Kodak Brownie, the first low-cost camera launched in 1900, and a 2020 smartphone have in common? Simple: they are both photographic tools that best represent the spirit of their time.

In the 120 years separating these two products, the photographic industry has gone through many phases of innovation, experiencing evolutionary moments and facing epochal upheavals. But with a constant: our need to capture memories and tell stories with images, which we have tried to illustrate through this – subjective and inevitably flawed –selection of the cameras that have made history.

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