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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling; Reprint edition (7 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1454900024
  • ISBN-13: 978-1454900023
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 24.1 x 27.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 315,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Todd Gustavson is Curator of Technology at the George Eastman House in Rochester, NY. He is responsible for the cataloguing, storage and maintenance of one of the world's largest collections of photographic and cinematic equipment, containing more than 20,000 artifacts. He has curated or co-curated ten exhibitions for the museum, including the critically acclaimed travelling exhibition The Brownie at 100. Formerly a staff photographer at Chautauqua Institution in Western New York, Gustavson received his BFA in Photography from Louisiana Tech University in 1980.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ann Christine Eek on 5 Dec 2012
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A very good overview of, if not most but quite a few, of cameras that have had an importance during the years they have been produced, from the start until today. Good, relevant texts and excellent photographs taken in a way that you get a very good impression of the camera and its functions. At least for me being a photographer myself, but it was so brilliant my son ordered a copy for himself right away.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By camera history on 2 Jan 2010
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Given the resources of the Eastman House Camera Collection and the knowledge of the author - Todd Gustavson - what is presented is a very lightweight book. It is full of very nice pictures some, covering the early equipment, not published elsewhere but there is little text other than the picture captions and what text there is provides no new information or detail. The book lacks narrative and a sense of purpose, the earlier 'A Century of Cameras' by Eaton Lothrop covers much the same ground but in much more depth and detail. Inevitably the book is heavy on Kodak cameras and references to Mr. Eastman there is also an over large section on modern cameras.
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I had wanted a book like this for many years and can say i am not in any way disappointed ...it is a genuinely "classy " book and i feel you should read it with those cotton gloves on ... !!
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By barry john king on 14 Oct 2014
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Excellent production. It covers details which are required for this subject.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
I couldn't put it down. 26 Sep 2009
By Matthew R. Isenburg - Published on Amazon.com
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Camera: A History of Photography from Daguerreotype to Digital is a feast for the eyes as well as the intellect. It is a tour de force of the cameras at the George Eastman House with some great images thrown in. The photographs of the cameras, equipment and images are beautifully lit and the perspective on each item is superb, and every photo is in perfect focus. For three hundred and sixty exciting pages, the reader takes a special guided tour of the storerooms of the Eastman House with excellent descriptions by author Todd Gustavsen. I loved the book and it refreshed my memory as to what wonderful treasures are at The George Eastman House. The Forward by Director Anthony Bannon was a fresh approach to how photographs effect us and was well balanced against The Introduction by the author. The use of ephemera to liven up many of the pages was in excellent taste and a delight to the eye. This book was a long time in coming, but with every photograph in color as a bonus, it was well worth the wait. The provenance on a few of the cameras owned by important photographers seemed a little thin, but there was so much good in this book that I feel uneasy questioning even the slightest aspect of the text. For those who really love the early period, each page is a feast for the eyes. The first 139 pages concerned themselves with nineteenth century equipment of which so little has been written that this volume is a must for any collector of the early period and the book, written in a roughly chronological fashion covers all aspects of equipment right up to the present day. In summary, I could not put it down till I had read it from cover to cover.
Matthew R. Isenburg
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Amazing book about the histroy of photography 24 Oct 2009
By Andalusian Dog - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I saw this book, flipped through a few pages, check the price, and walked up the the counter and bought it. The book is simply amazing. It's filled with hundreds of great shots of every camera you can possibly imagine dating right back to the beginning. There is even a shot of the first photograph ever taken. The short history of photography has been a rapid one, quickly jumping form camera to camera, varying film formats and finally now digital. We live in a great time and are all witnesses to history as film has shifted to digital. This book even chronicles that. My one complaint is there could be more on digital. Still the book is filed soup to nuts with everything one could want to see or know. Spy cameras, Polaroid, early Leica and more. A must have for any photo nut like me.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
A milestone publication on the history of the camera 5 Oct 2009
By Graham Wootton - Published on Amazon.com
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When "The History of Photography as seen through the Spira Collection" was published in 2001 it was described by that doyen of the photographic press Herbert Keppler as "the most exquisite camera-collecting history ever printed". This description was completely justified and I thought that the quality and scope of that book would never again be approached, let alone equalled, particularly given the almost total dominance of digital in the photographic press today.

I was wrong. This new volume by Todd Gustavson and George Eastman House is superb and fully matches the Spira title. Experts who want to nit pick may argue that one or other of the books handles a particular subject better than the other. However, Gustavson's new book is simply a must have for anyone interested in camera development and collecting and at the selling price is an absolute bargain. This is a large, heavy book of 360 pages printed on fine art paper, beautifully set out and illustrated with very high quality photography. Don't think twice before getting one.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Great book, subtitle raises wrong expectations 27 Nov 2011
By Bart Willems - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is the wrong book if you're looking for a detailed history of photography from the very first Daguerreotype to present day photography. What it does show is showing a list of cameras from the very beginning of photography until today. It would have been nice if the book was actually showing photos made with the cameras as well, but it is limited to a not-quite chronological display of cameras.

Once you step over this limitation, the book is a labor of love, with beautiful images on thick paper and well bound. To get historic impression of how cameras look over the ages the book does a very good job and it's a nice read on the couch sitting in front of a fire, with a cup of hot cocoa (or something along those lines). Will do great as a gift for photography-enthusiasts.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Not quite what I expected 5 Dec 2013
By photo buff - Published on Amazon.com
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A large fraction of pages is devoted to every conceivable version of simple Kodak camera -- more Brownies than you'll ever suspect existed. True, there are also many historic photos scattered among the cameras, but the principal subject is still a camera collection. Important standards such as the Zeiss Ikonta line seem very under represented in my opinion, and the book ends with very limited coverage of early digital cameras.
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