Photography History and Criticism
A History of Photography
From 1839 to the Present
Hardcover ISBN: 3836540991
In the beginning there was light: The George Eastman House Collection: photography throughout the ages From a delivery boy to one of the most important industrialists in American history,George Eastman’s career developed in a particularly American way. The founder of Kodak died in 1932, and left his house to the University of Rochester. Since 1949 the site has operated as an international museum of photography and film, and today holds the largest collection of its kind in the world. The continually expanding photography collection contains over 400,000 images and negatives - among them the work of Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, Ansel Adams and others - as well as 23,000 cinema films, five million film stills, one of the most important silent film collections, technical equipment and a library with 40,000 books on photography and film. The George Eastman House is a pilgrimage site and a place of worship for researchers, photographers and collectors from all over the world. This volume shows in chronological order the most impressive images and the most important developments in the art of light that is photography. It provides in its huge collection and themes a unique survey of the medium from its origins until now.
A Generous Medium
Photography at Wellesley 1972-2012
Hardcover ISBN: 0985824905
Mined from the photographic holdings of the Davis Museum, A Generous Medium honors the extraordinary legacy of collecting and pedagogical leadership in photography at Wellesley College. The catalogue of the exhibition features works selected for interpretation by sixty-five participants-Davis directors and curators, Wellesley faculty, alumnae in the field, and major patrons-all who have had an instrumental role in the shape and pedagogical use of the collection over the last forty years. The selections are organized unconventionally, by date of acquisition, to allow for serendipitous and revealing juxtapositions, surprising connections, and startling revelations. The catalogue presents an eloquent range of pictures, from unattributed early photographs to works by modern masters and renowned contemporary artists. This diversity reflects the impassioned engagement of many contributors over time, and the aspirational ambitions and exuberant inventiveness of the photographic project at Wellesley writ large.
Murder Has a Public Face
Crime and Punishment in the Speed Graphic Era
1st Edition Hardcover ISBN: 0873516273
In his popular Strange Days, Dangerous Nights, Larry Millett delivered Weegee-style images of midwestern noir from the photo files of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. He returns with a focus on the "dangerous"-murder cases from the forties and fifties, memorialized in telling photographs. There is Arthur DeZeler, accused of sinking his wife's body in a northern lake. Laura Miller, who ran for help after gunshots killed her married lover. Dentist Arnold Axilrod, who was arrested when the lifeless body of one of his patients was discovered in a Minneapolis alley. And, finally, Arnold Larson, the personable salesman with a winning smile and a bad temper. Millett traces these four sensational crimes from the moment the victim was found, through the search for the killer, to the court trial and resulting imprisonment or acquittal. All are copiously illustrated with shots from the bulky Speed Graphic camera, views from an era when photographers enjoyed unrestricted access to police matters ranging from found bodies to jail cells. The images dramatically evoke crimes of passion now more than a half-century old, a thrilling immersion into Minnesota noir. Larry Millett is the author of numerous books, including Strange Days, Dangerous Nights and the AIA Guide to the Twin Cities (MHS Press). William Swanson is the author of Dial M: The Murder of Carol Thompson (MHS Press).
A Curious & Ingenious Art
Reflections on Daguerreotypes at Harvard
Hardcover ISBN: 0877457247
Delving into the images and technique that made the daguerreotype a cutting-edge technology in 1839, the author uses her access to Harvard's collection of images to explore the early phases of this format.
At First Sight
Photography and the Smithsonian
Hardcover ISBN: 1588341550
A richly illustrated overview of more than 150 years of photography is captured in a stunning array of works that chronicle the evolution of the art form, sharing never before seen photographs of notable people and places, views of the American West, the earliest view of the moon, and captivating studies of Asia, Africa, and the people of the world. 15,000 first printing. (Fine Arts)
Reflections on Photography
Paperback ISBN: 0374532338
A graceful, contemplative volume, Camera Lucida was first published in 1979. Commenting on artists such as Avedon, Clifford, Mapplethorpe, and Nadar, Roland Barthes presents photography as being outside the codes of language or culture, acting on the body as much as on the mind, and rendering death and loss more acutely than any other medium. This groundbreaking approach established Camera Lucida as one of the most important books of theory on the subject, along with Susan Sontag’s On Photography.
From Adams to Steiglitz
Pioneers of Modern Photography
Paperback ISBN: 0893813737
Nancy Newhall wrote some of the most incisive work ever published on the inner lives of the photographers who shaped the medium. Her friendship with photographers such as Paul Strand, Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, and Helen Levitt, to name a few, lends her writing a vibrancy rarely found in essays on photography. Newhall was one of the few people to gain access to the inner circle--and thoughts--of the imposing Alfred Stieglitz, and her intimate portrait of him, previously unpublished, reveals a man of genius, humor, and kindness.
The Story of Polaroid
Hardcover ISBN: 1616890851
""Instant photography at the push of a button!" During the 1960s and '70s, Polaroid was the coolest technology company on earth. Like Apple, it was an innovation machine that cranked out one must-have product after another. Led by its own visionary genius founder, Edwin Land, Polaroid grew from a 1937 garage start-up into a billion-dollar pop-culture phenomenon. Instant tells the remarkable tale of Land's one-of-a-kind invention-from Polaroid's first instant camera to hit the market in 1948, to its meteoric rise in popularity and adoption by artists such as Ansel Adams, Andy Warhol, and Chuck Close, to the company's dramatic decline into bankruptcy in the late '90s and its unlikely resurrection in the digital age. Instant is both an inspiring tale of American ingenuity and a cautionary business tale about the perils of companies that lose their creative edge"--