Throughout history, artists have depicted our three dimensional world using many different mediums, but few artforms provide the visual impact of a high-quality holographic image. Holography, described as "sculpting with light," enabled a select group of late 20th century artists (called "holographers") to literally expand their canvas and express spatial concepts in new and unique ways.
The field of holography was the culmination of many previous discoveries in photonics, optics, photo-chemistry, and materials science. With the advent of the laser in the 1960s, the field rapidly evolved from being an academic novelty to a mainstream commercial technology.
Aside from being a new form of visual expression, holograms have been successfully incorporated in many innovative and important imaging, security and packaging applications.
Because most display holograms were made twenty to forty years ago, resources that can document important dates and production credits still exist - this archival information is vital to collectors. Though some holograms were mass produced, most had very limited production runs compared to many other visual mediums. As time passes, these affordable artifacts of another time will undoubtedly become more rare and valuable.
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