Photography describes a technology that records lasting images from real life by utilizing light or other electromagnetic radiation, either electronically or through an image sensor or chemically using a light-sensitive material. A camera is the tool used to capture and focus light reflected from objects into a replicate image on the light-sensitive surface inside the device (camera) during a timed period called "exposure". The result is an invisible image which is later chemically brought forth into a visible image or recorded on a digital card inserted in camera. Photography is often used to document a period, mood or moment. The immediacy of the camera's ability to capture images gives cause to the role of photography in art.
A style of visual art also known as style moderne that became popular in 1920s France and would infiltrate American design in the 1930s. Art Deco sprang from the geometry apparent in Cubism, the bright colors of Fauvism, and influenced by Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Mayan, Egyptian and Persian art. The geometric shapes, metallics, curving symmetry of the art deco movement energized architecture, jewelry, sculpture, furniture, interior design, and the decorative arts. Art Deco signified a new modern style apart from the romance of the Art Nouveau movement and the classical Edwardian and Victorian styles of the turn-of-the-century.