Photography: An Illustrated History / Edition 1

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Photography: An Illustrated History is a captivating account of how photography evolved from labor-intensive daguerrotypes in the mid-1800s to one of the most popular hobbies and respected art forms in the world today. Brimming with black-and-white and color photographs from throughout its multifaceted history, this volume not only documents technological developments, but also the phenomenal effect the craft has had upon journalism, industry, science, medicine, the military, and beyond. Featuring the accomplishments of pioneers such as Louis Daguerre, George Eastman, Julia Margaret Cameron, Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, Margaret Bourke-White, and others, Photography: An Illustrated History presents an engaging history of photography through some of the most spectacular images ever captured on film.

Presents the history of photography from the daguerreotypes of the mid-1800s to its acceptance as an art form and more.

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Editorial Reviews

This distinguished reference is broken into nine chapters that include information on photography's role in portraiture, travel, art, and war in addition to covering the technical history of photography from daguerreotypes through color prints and other modern developments. True to the title, photographs grace each page, making the book inviting to browsers as well as those seeking in-depth information. Each photograph, illustration, or diagram is accompanied by an interesting, complete caption that provides a historical anecdote beyond the main text. The photos are well chosen for their subject matter, quality, and historical significance. The author has won several awards, including two Pulitzer Prize nominations, and has published forty-one books. Sandler's text pulls the reader in with its clarity, flow, and vivid detail. Exceptionally well researched, the book covers a broad expanse of information written in a way that appeals to readers of all ages and ability levels. Bordered text inserts highlight special topics, such as constructing a pinhole camera, advertising and fashion photography, or particular photographers. In addition to the useful index, chronology, and further reading, the listing of major photography museums and their Web sites is helpful as well. This volume is a recommended purchase for all libraries. Index. Illus. Photos. Biblio. Further Reading. Chronology. VOYA CODES: 5Q 3P M J S A/YA (Hard to imagine it being any better written; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12; Adult and Young Adult). 2001, Oxford University Press, 160p,
— Cynthia Gueswel
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-Featuring at least one carefully selected image on every spread, this brief, authoritative history presents a largely chronological overview of photography's major figures and their technical and artistic innovations. From the daguerreotype and calotype through films and papers to a brief mention of digital photography, technological developments are clearly explained, often in the context of changing photographic styles. The invention of movies is noted, and chapters on color prints and films, war photography, and modern photography round out the text. One may argue that two images by Frances Benjamin Johnston, Heinrich K hn, and Toni Frissell are misrepresentative when only one is provided for Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, Mathew Brady, Margaret Bourke-White, Edward Weston, and Ansel Adams. However, one can hardly quibble with the quality of the images selected-they are outstanding. Minor errors include an image attributed in the text to Wayne Miller but in the caption and index to Barrett Gallagher. The index also indicates that there are two illustrations by Francis Frith, but there is only one. The writing style is formal and seems, at least in some instances, to be unnecessarily elliptical: "In recent decades the world of photography has benefited from the emergence of masterful photographers from countries not previously heralded for their contributions to the medium." Excellent end matter contains a chronology, mostly based on the text, from the mid-1700s camera obscuras to the introduction of Adobe Photoshop in 1990; and an international list of photography museums and Web sites. In all, a compact history, engaging and literate, about this melding of art and science, this painting with light.-Joel Shoemaker, Southeast Junior High School, Iowa City, IA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195126082
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/28/2002
  • Series: Oxford Illustrated Histories (Y/A) Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 818,145
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.10 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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