James Clark Maxwell

The Photography King

His Life

James Clark Maxwell was born June 13, 1831 in Edinburgh, UK. All through his childhood he had loved science, always preforming experiments at home. He wrote his first scientific book, out of 19, in 1864. James Clark Maxwell had always been amazed by photography. He said, "In science, it is when we take some interest in the great discoverers and their lives that it becomes endurable, and only when we begin to trace the development of ideas that it becomes fascinating."

The Inventing of the Color Camera

A Color Camera

James Clark Maxwell got the idea for the first color camera when he found out that the human eye could only see the three basic colors, red, green and blue. He figured that if he could capture those three colors into the photo, the human eye could be fooled into seeing a full color photo. After years of trial and error and much designing, nobody thought it was possible to make a color photo. Even James himself didn't believe anymore! After many many years, it finally worked! everyone was so amazed that it actually worked that it didn't take off sales for a while because it was thought to malfunction! This camera really helped remember the civil war- and in color!