The photos you (probably) won't find on Instagram

Photography reached the mainstream early on; Kodak's Brownie made daily snapshots accessible and Polaroid's pioneering cameras provided instant gratification. Now we can capture and share moments on a whim with smartphones packing high-resolution optics. Over the years, though, we've been treated to some incredible imaging hacks that've allowed our eyes to travel into the exotic -- far beyond what you had for dinner last night. Technological leaps in the field have been spurred by bets, accidents and imagination, providing both scientific insight and artistic experimentation. Our eyes have been opened wider than ever before and we've collected just a few moments in imaging's history to help grasp the bigger picture.

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