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