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4.0 out of 5 stars A scholarly introduction, 3 Nov. 2008
This review is from: The History of Photography: From 1839 to the Present: (Paperback)
I have been getting more interested in understanding the history of my little hobby and this book goes quite some way towards satisfying that itch. Starting in the pre-photographic world of the 'camera obscura', it takes a measured walk through the invention of the photographic process by Daguerre and Fox-Talbot, on through the development of photographic technique in the 19th century (not sure that what we do with Photoshop is that different to the old wet darkroom boys!) and then splits into the various sub-genres of journalism, social photography, pictorialism, 'straight' approaches and so on. It ends in the late 70's (the 5th edition of the book was brought out in 1982).

I thought the book was at its strongest in dealing with the start of things, so that I now know what a calotype, a daquerreotype, gelatin silver and salt prints are. The book also brings out the strength of the social impact the medium had, and the astonishing speed with which it spread around the world. It was also impressive how the photographers of the time took the clunky and slow machines of the day to all sorts of places and events, including various wars of the mid-19th century, and still managed to get good shots.

The vast majority of the prints are black and white of course, with colour only getting a small showing in the last chapters. In fact this points to a slight weakness of the book, at least to my eyes, in that it starts out strongly with the events of the 19th century, but as we move to the mid-20th century it seems somehow to get more perfunctory in places. Stieglitz gets good coverage but many, many others get mere one-line mentions, particularly as we move into the '50s and '60s. I wondered if it may have something to do with the fact that the original edition of the book was printed in 1937, so presumably everything after that date was an add-on (and possibly shoe-horned in). It seems amusing that colour photography is treated as an interesting new kid on the block (even though coloured Autochromes were being produced before 1910), but I guess the world of serious photography was black and white.

The book is well produced overall, at a good size for showing the many important, and historically significant, images. The tone of the writing is measured and scholarly, perhaps a change of pace might have been appreciated, but it does the job well. I am pleased I read it and I will use it as a reference source in the future. At the very least it opened these digital, computerised-darkroom, 21st century eyes to what has gone before, and that's no bad thing.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a comprehensive history of photography, worth buying, 5 April 2001
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this book takes you on a journey from the creation of the photographic techniques through to photography as we know it now, digital. along the way it informs you about all aspect of the medium from early manipulation,pictorial, documentry and journalism. with a whole lot more, a good read usful if you are currently studying this subject as this is a book you will constantly refer back to.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It is still one of the best histories ever published, 7 Jan. 2015
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This book is an old friend! I have an ancient edition, for myself, but I bought this one for a friend. It is still one of the best histories ever published, beautiful and inteligent!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect, 25 April 2014
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One the best book about the history of photography. An analytic preview of photography premium from the early years until the most recent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good base for student begining, 23 April 2013
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has the basics all down and good for quoting in your essays as most consider this the undisputed or least disputed history of photography.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 17 Sept. 2014
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arrived on time condition cover poor interior good which is more important price very good
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 19 Jan. 2015
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fantastic information, very detailed - would like a few more images to enhance the text.
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