Points of View: Capturing the 19th Century in Photographs

Points of View: Capturing the 19th Century in Photographs

by John Falconer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0712350810

ISBN-13: 9780712350815

Pub. Date: 12/15/2009

Publisher: British Library, The

From its earliest beginnings in the 1840s up to its democratization as a widespread leisure pursuit, photography was swept along by a tide of artistic and entrepreneurial activity that gathered pace throughout the nineteenth century. Both as an art form and a social document, the photograph quickly took on a critical role as the primary means of visual expression

Overview

From its earliest beginnings in the 1840s up to its democratization as a widespread leisure pursuit, photography was swept along by a tide of artistic and entrepreneurial activity that gathered pace throughout the nineteenth century. Both as an art form and a social document, the photograph quickly took on a critical role as the primary means of visual expression in the modern age.

Points of View brings together, for the first time, a selection of images from the British Library’s unique photography collections, examining the history, diversity, and influence of the medium from its invention and early years up until the coming of the twentieth century. Beginning with the work of William Henry Fox Talbot and including some of our most celebrated photographic pioneers—Francis Frith, Felix Teynard, Samuel Bourne, and Peter Henry Emerson among them—this volume focuses on the question Who was taking the photograph and why? Ultimately the answer is found in the rise of mass market interest, the increasing role of technology, and the emergence of this thrilling new discipline amid rapid scientific, social, and industrial progress.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780712350815
Publisher:
British Library, The
Publication date:
12/15/2009
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

1

Infancy of Invention

2

To the End of the Earth

3

Documenting Art

4

The Portrait

5

In the Name of Science

6

Making the Modern World

7

The Way We Lived Then

8

Fin de Siècle

Glossary

Further Reading

Index

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