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As well as documentary sources, the use of visual images can provide an extremely useful source to the local historian or archaeologist. Photography grew from its early origins in the 1840s and as technology improved over time more professional photographers began to meet the demand. In 1884, the introduction of George Eastman’s box camera made photography more widely available to the amateur. Photographs provide an invaluable source. They can record a moment in time although most early photographs had to be staged due to the need for long exposure times. However, what is in the background is often as important to the historian than the staged subject. Several early collections survive for Oxfordshire and many remain in private hands.