Panoramic representation of the surrounding is not the invention of the modern age. And it has not came with photography either. It has been with us over centuries in pictography.
The desire to show, display, paint or photograph the space around us could be as old as mankind. Just think of the cave paintings of Altamira and Lascaux and the tomb frescos in Luxor. These delineations captured events and the space in wide angle that could be the origin of panoramic format.
Chinese painting formats are great examples of panoramic representation. Most of the people know about the hanging vertical scrolls, but it is less known that originating from the Song dinasty many large size panorama paintings were created including Xia Kui's more than 10 meters long horizontal scroll on Yangze riverside and Zhang Zeduan's Qingming shanghe tu
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Shortly after the invention of photography in 1839 early photographers created panoramas that were made by placing two or more daguerreotype plates side-by-side.
Instead of going into details of the rich history of panoramic imagery we finally display a panoramic view of Budapest from 1900 by a photographer named Bela Varga.