Macro photography has been a part of photography, longer than Photography was called "Photography". But when photography reached the developmental stages, Macro and Micro capturing were simultaneously born.
In the 1820-s-1830's Photography was born in several ways and by several people, along with the first photograph ever by Niepce and the application of the Daguerreotype.
Before the Daguerreotype, in the 1800s, a man named Thomas Wedgewood experimented with a process called photomicrography, according to Will Moneymaker. The history of science is much older than the camera, I suppose.
Many scientists, philosophers, and artists continued to work on "photomicrographs" to study photography and microphotography. Henry Fox Talbott, in 1930, continued to experiment with processes.
Wedgewood's studies, "who wrote a paper dealing with methods of copying paintings using light and silver nitrate", created a sounding board for creating small photographs from microscopes at a magnification of 20X.
As I learn continuously how the macro world is much different, yet informative, surreal, and abstract, I study the parts of things, the essence of them in our world. It is not until we realize the significance of small, or rather, zooming in, as Aaron Siskind would put it, that we realize the importance of understanding the macro world.
The History of Macro Photography | Will Moneymaker Photography; "Will Moneymaker"; accessed January 17th, 2024; www.moneymakerphotography.com/history-macro-photography/