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A World History of Photography

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From the camera lucida to the latest in digital image making and computer manipulation, photographic technology has dramatically changed throughout its nearly 200-year history, as succinctly explained and powerfully illustrated in A World History of Photography. Thanks to the unique immediacy with which photography captures perspective and history, the popularity and use o ...more
Paperback, 712 pages
Published January 29th 2008 by Abbeville Press (first published 1984)
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This is a great book on the history of photography.
There is lots of photographs and the styles and the evolution from a documentary tool to Art form.
The best part of the book is the guide to the cameras and technology that goes along with the evolution of photography which all too often gets forgotten because people only think about the pictures and not the machine that is the camera.
Well worth a look at the library, but it you have the money to buy it is a wonderful reference to have around the
if you want to buy one book on the history of photography, this one is pretty great.
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If you're looking for a comprehensive book on the history of photography - this is the one. It'll not only take you for a journey through the most important names and their works but also show the development of technology.
Sure, one could say that the narrative is a little dry but it's a matter of what you're looking for. If it's all about an engaging, anecdotical non-fiction that will give you facts as a side-effect (sort of), it's certainly not for you. But the writing style is fine and if yo
This book has 807 pictures, from 1839 to 1994. You get the picture.
Packed chalk full of information, but probably THE most dry educational book I've ever read. There is absolutely nothing in here to keep you interested. But very informative. I'd recommend keeping it as a reference but there are better books to for an entertaining narative of the history.
Astonishing and well written book! It taught me a lot about the history of photography. I would recommend it to anyone who's interested in photography :D . Could give them a better perspective of some of the famous photographers.
Joann(san diego shutterbug)
Nov 21, 2014 Joann(san diego shutterbug) rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Joann(san diego shutterbug) by: my history of phtography instructor
if you are a photographer you need to read this. The sections are brief but very imformative. Great read for any photographer that wants to explore the roots of their craft. Very imformative deatailed history.
Great read on the development of both the camera and the art of photography; from it's early development in the 1830's to our modern camera.

Well sorted by period and significant process and photographer.
I read this whole textbook cover to cover for a class. each section is brief, yet very informative. I'd say every photographer should own this and have a good understanding of photographic history.
Vince Fontaine
Amazing book. Took forever to read but I'm much more informed from it. Fascinating stuff.
William Ash
An excellent collection of photographs. It should be on every photographer's shelf.
Maurice Duharte
If you want to have one Photo History Book, this is the one to get.
Lauren Devon
At the Central Library, reference not able to check out.
A textbook to return to again and again and again...
One of the only textbooks from University I kept.
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