Camera Clues: A Handbook for Photographic Investigation

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In Camera Clues, Joe Nickell shares his methods of identifying and dating old photos and demonstrates how to distinguish originals from copies and fakes. Particularly intriguing are his discussions of camera tricks, darkroom manipulations, retouching techniques, and uses of computer technology to deceive the eye. Camera Clues concludes with a look at allegedly "paranormal" photography, from nineteenth-century "spirit photographs" to UFO snapshots.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Written in a clear, lively style, this book makes for fascinating reading and will be of keen interest to photography enthusiasts." — Library Journal

"The scope of this text is wide enough to accommodate a variety of photographic investigators.... The use of case studies from both the nineteenth and twentieth centuries bolsters the relevance of this handbook, which is a valuable tool for solving photographic mysteries." — National Genealogical Society Quarterly

"Explains techniques in detecting fake photographs or copies and ways of restoring deteriorating images." — Manchester (KY) Enterprise

Library Journal
This book opens with an engaging survey of the history of photography, including information on how to identify and date ambrotypes, dry plates, and other processes. The book also includes an extensive discussion of trick photography (e.g., douple exposures), UFO photos, and photographing the paranormal. In addition, there is a chapter on the practical applications of investigative photography, including evidence and legal concerns. Nickell takes a unique approach to the history and various uses of photography and its ability to deceive and inform. Written in a clear, lively style, this book makes for fascinating reading and will be of keen interest to photography enthusiasts. Reasonably priced, especially given the scope, this book should be considered an essential acquisition for public and academic libraries-Raymond Bial, Parkland Coll. Lib., Champaign, Ill.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813191249
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • Publication date: 6/10/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 0.55 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 The history of photography 4
3 Historical photo mysteries 30
4 Photography and identification 69
5 Investigative photography 98
6 Trick photography 120
7 Photographing the paranormal 146
8 Paranormal photographs 183
App Landmarks in photography 202
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