Timeline: A History of iPhoneography

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Timeline: A Brief history of iPhonegraphy. Click to enlarge and interact

iPhoneography — the art of taking pictures with an Apple iPhone — will be eight years old this year. Many iPhoneographers may have missed the early years. Of all of the the iPhoneography blogs publishing today (and there are a lot of quality blogs out there), three of the oldest resources still publishing are Life In LoFi, Knox Bronson’s P1xels, and Tina Rice’s Combo Apps. Along with the now mostly dormant iPhography.com, these were the iPhoneography resources for much of iPhoneography’s early years. The original website, Glyn Evans’ The iPhoneography Blog (www.iPhoneography.com) went dark in late 2013.

The talk I gave at Macworld in 2013 was “iPhone Blogs and Social Photo Networks Shaping the iPhoneography Story” and I covered a brief history of iPhoneography as well as other topics. Preparing for the presentation, I created a timeline. For a lot more iPhoneography history, click past the jump. >>>

The framework for the talk I gave was created by both myself and Glyn Evans. although he wasn’t able to attend Macworld, the talk I gave pretty much covered the outline of the knowledge and experience we both mapped out back in October.

In order to keep things straight, I created a timeline of iPhoneography’s milestones. Presented here is the timeline that I worked from. It contains most of iPhoneography’s milestone events. It’s a living document and will be updated as needed.

I’m glad I was able to retrieve a lot of this information before it was lost in the void. I’m a big believer that you need a knowledge of the past to appreciate where we are now and where we’re headed.

If you’ve been in the art a while, this will dust off a few memories. Kick back, explore, and see how many of these events you remember or experienced. Be sure to click on the entries. Most have additional photos, text and links.

For a better, larger screen experience, Click here to explore the timeline “A Brief History of iPhoneography” on Timeglider.com. Or, explore the timeline below.

My apologies if you are viewing this on an iPhone. This timeline looks and functions best when viewed on a larger screen like a desktop, laptop or iPad.

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Big thanks to Stacy Anderson for giving me the idea to create a timeline. It was a lot better than scraps of paper…. =M=

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Marty is a self-employed graphic designer in the Fort Worth/Dallas Metroplex. He is an avid Rangers baseball, Chicago Cubs, Packers and Highbury Arsenal fan. In addition to capturing random moments with whatever camera is close by (usually his iPhone), his other interests include coffee, Pink Floyd, film, music, and traveling in seats 5E and 5F with his fiancé.
  • Great job,
    but the timeline is crappy to navigate. I think a prezi or just a simple keynote will give much more value to this interesting story.

    • Marty Yawnick

      Hi, Sigul,

      Other than on the Timelglider website, yeah, it’s pretty hard to navigate. Using in the window here misses a few key events and trying to view it on an iPhone cuts off a lot of events. The best way to view it is by clicking the link.

      Unfortunately, I couldn’t really find a better way to present this particular timeline. If I can, I’ll definitely swap it out.

      =M=

  • Great work Marty. Amazing to see a visual representation like this and even better that most of the originals like yourself, Glyn at iPhoneography.com, Edi Caves at iPhongenic are still going. You guys were all my life-blood when I was soaking up everything I could about iPhoneography (apart from the tutorials of course which is where I came in 😉 Many thanks for putting this together, Marty. Will be interesting to see another in another 4 years.

  • I should have mentioned Knox at Pixels in that original iPhoneography group too!

  • This is so fascinating, Marty, and many thanks for putting this all together.

    It set me off looking at my own personal timeline, starting from when I got my hands on the first gen iPhone in 2007. It took a whole year before I did anything photographically with it.

    For me things changed when I discovered that I set up an Indycar fan community and realized I could upload images taken on iPhone straight from race tracks. This set off a chain of events that would lead to my live-from-the-beach Twitter account @ftLauderdalesun in early July 2009, which was supported at first by Flickr, then Posterous, Tumblr and finally my own WordPress-driven site.

    I’m amazed that the FtLauderdaleSun project – still going strong – predated so many blogs and apps. I’m sure many of us laboured alone for quite some time before discovering other iPhoneographers and making contact.

    I’m now curious about how the community pieced together and became artistically empowered. I think Knox really put down the first marker here…

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