Photography History and Criticism
Hardcover ISBN: 1850437386
Victorian family photographs are always compelling, especially if they are portraits of our own ancestors, but also for the imagined lives of their unknown subjects. They constitute a unique domestic record, giving an invaluable insight into ordinary lives during the second half of the nineteenth century. This book is the first comprehensive study of Victorian portrait photography, discussing both its technical innovations and its cultural conventions. It investigates in depth the history of the commercial photographer in Britain between the early 1840s, when the first high street studios opened, and 1900. During these years portraits sold in their millions to a mass market, initiating a trend which spread worldwide. The story of portrait photography in Britain starts with the publication of the daguerreotype process in France in 1839, which established photography as an alternative to painted portraiture. At first photographers were strongly influenced by painting traditions, and expression, pose, backgrounds and accessories imitated art rather than exploiting the realism of the new genre. By the 1860s the small carte de visite format of portraits meant that cheap photographs could be exchanged between family and friends. The market exploded and photographic studios proliferated, recording children from christening gown to long trousers, marriage partners in all their finery, prestigious personal achievements and even loved ones in post mortem images. The photographic studio was under the strict control of the photographer, who mastered his subjects as a painter would have done, controlling their serious facial expressions, often dressing them for the part or clamping their heads and bodies still in outrageous contraptions in order to allow for the exposures. Travelling studios were set up in caravans transported to outlying parts of the country, and itinerant photographers took portraits on street corners, outside public houses, at fairgrounds and at the seaside. Towards the end of the century gravity of demeanour began to give way to smiles, and the 'poke your head through' backdrop paved the way for our own convention in family photographs - the ear-to-ear grin. This fascinating book tells an invaluable and amusing history of Victorian portrait photography. It is extensively illustrated with a great variety of appealing portraits, with captions explaining the pictures and often giving biographical details of the characters who gaze at us from another era. It also provides details for the general reader of the history and identification of photographs, explaining the context and meaning of the portraits handed down to us from our great-grandparents.
Between Amateur and Aesthete
The Legitimization of Photography As Art in America, 1880-1900
1st Edition Hardcover ISBN: 0826321518
Investigates the rise of amateur photographers and the fight to legitimatize photography as an art form in the late nineteenth century, and shows how the era led to changes in the perception of photographic theory and practice.
The Basic Book of Digital Photography
How to Shoot, Enhance, and Share Your Digital Pictures
Paperback ISBN: 0452289556
The authors of the best-selling Basic Book of Photography cover the digital photographic process with comprehensive discussions of everything from SLR models to cell phone cameras, in an illustrated reference that also explains how to improve, display and preserve images. Original.
Hardcover ISBN: 071484022x
A review of Larry Fink's 40-year career as a photographer, during which he celebrated the expressiveness of the human body and its colourful and energetic sensuality. A supporter of social values and grassroots activism, he has never shied away from political and cultural critique in his work, melding social commentary with pictorial composition.