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."A nicely organized survey that integrates the technical aspects of themedium with descriptions of the artists who advanced it....Most exciting are theimages themselves, which range from famous examples of photojournalism...to fineart....Well done, clearly written."--Booklist"This brief, authoritative history presents a largely chronologicaloverview of photography's major figures and their technical and artisticinnovations....The images...are outstanding....A compact history, engaging andliterate, about this melding of art and science, this painting withlight."--School Library Journal"This distinguished reference is broken into nine chapters that includeinformation on photography's role in portraiture, travel, art, and war inaddition to covering the technical history of photography from daguerreotypesthrough color prints and other modern developments....Inviting to browsers aswell as those seeking in-depth information. Each photograph is accompanied by aninteresting, complete caption that provides a historical anecdote beyond themain text. The photos are well-chosen for their subject matter, quality, andhistorical significance....Sandler's text pulls the reader in with its clarity,flow, and vivid detail. Exceptionally well-researched, the book covers a broadexpanse of information written in a way that appeals to readers of all ages andability levels....A recommended purchase for all libraries."--VOYA"The photograph is such an integral part of our personal history that it is hard to imagine a time when family records were made of words alone. Photography brings us images of ourselves as babies, our parents on their wedding day, our grandfather as a young man, places we have visited, and the events in our lives. Photography thus fulfills the dream of its inventors; to make a permanent visual record of what the eye sees. But since its invention, photography has become much more - an invaluable form of social commentary, a recognized art form, a scientific tool, and one of our most powerful means of self-expression." "This book encompasses the technological developments, the social history, and the artistic and scientific uses of photography. Beginning in the mid-19th century with the pioneers of photography, historian Martin Sandler details the earliest attempts to record a permanent image with a camera. Clear explanations of the work of Louis Jacques Daguerre and William Henry Fox Talbot and examples of the earliest daguerreotypes and calotypes bring the birth of this new medium to life. From portraits to landscapes, Photography: An Illustrated History discusses how these two types of photography developed both as popular media and as art forms."--BOOK JACKET. Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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