Journey to the Museum of Imaging Technology

Museum of Imaging Technology, Bangkok

Finally I got the opportunity to visit the Museum of Imaging Technology at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. This Museum is the first of its kind both in Thailand and Southeast Asia. The Museum located at Faculty of Science of Chulalongkorn University, in the heart of Bangkok, Thailand. It opens to the general public from Monday to Friday, except official holidays. It is a public education that displays cameras, photographs, imaging technologies, and history of photographs. I met the friendly staff there who helped me a lot guiding me around the Museum, especially for Mr.Philip L. Condax who is a specialist in the history of photographic and consulting curator. He gave me an amazing book about inside the Museum of Imaging Technology. The book told us the history of photographs, and Royal family’s collection.

History noted that the excellent example of the pre-photographic era is the ancient shadow figures (Wayang in bahasa Indonesia, please click here to read the explanation about Wayang). They were used to give small plays and tell stories. In use, the image of the figures was simply projected with a back light source on a surface. Then, more than hundred years later, the first photograph was introduced by Joseph Nicephore Niepce in 1826 by capturing the buildings from his home. It became the first photographs and now that historical photographs become the collection of the Univeristy of Texas. Starting from this, the journey of photography always develops year by year. In 1839 was the year that beginning of negative/positive photography introduced by William Henry Fox Talbot. Meanwhile, the first roll film had been invented by George Eastmen in 1882 that used it first in a roll holder that could be fitted to many regular dry plate cameras.

Today, there are many types of cameras. One of these amazing inventions is digital cameras. The concept is capture and save the photographs on the digital memory card or internal storage. Now you only need to put the camera in your pocket or small camera’s bag and bring it everywhere you travel.

Condax, L. Philip. 2002. A New Millenium Guide to the Museum of Imaging Technology. Darnsutha Press, Bangkok.