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Story of Photography Paperback – 30 Jan 1998

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 2 edition (30 Jan. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240514831
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240514833
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 18.9 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 732,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Michael Langford, renowned author, teacher, and practitioner, is a legend because of his skill that balanced art and technique. He inspired and taught thousands. As Photography Course Director at the Royal College of Art, London, UK, his key involvement with photography courses and exams set the standard worldwide.

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In this book Michael Langford takes us through the history of photography from the time of the camera obscura to the post-modernist age. Part 1 of the book covers the technical evolution – from the danquerreotype, via the calotype, the “wet” and “dry” type to the roll film and the corresponding development of the camera. All chapters are richly illustrated with photographs by the main practitioners of the different processes. For those who are not particularly interested in the more technical aspects and their history, it is possible just to browse through the chapters in this part and concentrate on the summary following each chapter.
In Part 2 Langford introduces us to the subjects, styles and approaches to the photography – with a short biography about, and photos by, the main representatives of the different genres and periods. He introduces us to pictorialism, naturalism and other modernist movements. We learn to know about the boom in professional photography during the permissive 1960s and the post-modernist movement in the 70s and 80s – when photography achieved a status as fine art equal to painting and sculpture.
As to myself I found my favourites among the realists, and thanks to this book I now want to read more about photographers like Edward Weston and Ansel Adams - about the former’s exquisite stress on form and rhythm and the latter’s almost pantheistic visions of the American wilderness. Even if this book does not mention the development of the digital photography, it is a good introduction to the world of photography that may also give other readers than me an impetus to read more about the many aspects touched upon here.
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Imagine, I had to read hundreds of essays about history of photography and than I just saw this book which will be my cure to learn what they did for the levels of photography.
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