Camera: A History of Photography from Daguerreotype to Digital

Overview

This gorgeous cornerstone volume celebrating the camera and the art of the photograph, created in collaboration with the George Eastman House, spans almost 200 years, from the first faint image ever caught to today's state-of-the-art digital equipment. The informative narrative by Todd Gustavson--including insightful essays by Steve Sasson (inventor of the digital camera) and Alexis Gerard (visionary founder of Future Image Inc.)--traces the camera's development, the lives of its inventors, and the artists behind...
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Overview

This gorgeous cornerstone volume celebrating the camera and the art of the photograph, created in collaboration with the George Eastman House, spans almost 200 years, from the first faint image ever caught to today's state-of-the-art digital equipment. The informative narrative by Todd Gustavson--including insightful essays by Steve Sasson (inventor of the digital camera) and Alexis Gerard (visionary founder of Future Image Inc.)--traces the camera's development, the lives of its inventors, and the artists behind the lens. Images of more than 350 cameras from the George Eastman House Collection, plus historic photos, ads, and drawings, complement the text.
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Gustavson's book is a history not of iconic images, but rather of the machines that made them possible. Examples, from the Eastman House in Rochester, N.Y., where he is curator of technology, show how innovative ideas became products and how those products made possible the progressive transformation of photography from amateur pastime into a business and a central component in the world of modern art. Major developments are discussed from the earliest wet plate cameras to the camera NASA used on the moon. Detailed captions provide both the technical information to satisfy enthusiasts and glimpses into the personalities of those who created the cameras. Over 350 color illus. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781454900023
  • Publisher: Sterling Signature
  • Publication date: 9/4/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 155,172
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 10.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Todd Gustavson is Curator of Technology at the George Eastman House in Rochester, NY. He is responsible for the cataloging, 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 traveling 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    If you like to take picture or collect old cameras

    This book was very helpful for my friend. I recommend it to anyone that enjoy collecting cameras or/and take pictures.

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  • Posted January 16, 2010

    A Super book that covers many Cameras, Photographs and Photographers.

    This is not just a book about great cameras, but a book OF great photos OF great cameras. The first thing I noticed when I picked it up was the high quality of the photos of the hundreds of cameras that are featured in this book. The photos are really portraits of these cameras as "Subjects"...just stunning pictures of the history of so many examples. These range from the early wooden masterpieces to the current digital offerings.

    Along with the terrific illustrations, the book provides a lot of information about the equipment pictured as well as a lot of biographical coverage of many of the giants in photography history.

    I am sure that every reader will find a lot of images in this book that will trigger the memories of that "Kodak I had as a kid", or, "My uncle had one just like that...!" Whether it be an early 35mm camera, one from the stereo craze of the 50's or some of the classic Press cameras of the vintage movies, I am sure everyone will find something of interest in this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2009

    EXCELLENT Pictures

    It was purchased as a reference book,
    The pictures proved so good that they facilitated the restoration of three collector/usable cameras. Good work!

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