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The art and craft of photography flourished in the 19th century, aided by milestones in technological advancement. Edited by Hannavy (emeritus, photography & photographic history, Univ. of Bolton, U.K.), this two-volume comprehensive encyclopedia covers all aspects of international photographic history at the time and is the "result of diligent primary research by many of the world's leading researchers and writers on the subject." It contains 1197 entries: 610 major entries running 1000 to 5000 words long and an additional 587 shorter entries. Accounts of both familiar and less familiar people and events are readily available throughout. There's a concise overview of the Baush and Lomb Company, for instance, as well as a four-page article on postmortem photography. Along with Louis Daguerre, the inventor of the daguerreotype, users can find Charles-Émile Reynaud, the inventor of the Praxinoscope, a forerunner of motion picture technology.
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