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Brought to Light: Photography and the Invisible, 1840-1900 (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art)

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Brought to Light invites readers to step back to a time when photography, X-rays, and movies were new, when forays into the world beneath the skin or the realm beyond our everyday vision captivated scientists and the public alike. In this book, accounts of scientific experimentation blend with stories of showmanship to reveal how developments in 19th-century technology cou ...more
Hardcover, 216 pages
Published November 25th 2008 by Yale University Press
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Stephen
Aug 20, 2016 Stephen rated it it was amazing
Incredible. Photos we'd probably consider avant-garde even today were being made right in the footsteps of Daguerre and Fox Talbot in the early 1840s. The book includes some of the amazing X-ray images made by Henri Van Heurck, Joseph Jougla, and the Viennese scientist Josef Maria Eder, all active in the 1890s. Really a gripping artistic counterpart to the excavations of the human psyche going on in Vienna around the time that Freud and Jung were getting their start. Van Heurck's 1896 X-ray ...more
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Nov 17, 2014 Clare rated it liked it
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Examining the early history of photography, this book elaborates on the correlation between that media and science, especially when used in conjunction with telescopes and microscopes. It shows how the camera could be used to augment scientific study and, conversely, how science aided in the further development of the field of photography. There is also a look into x-rays and their influence on medicine and the public psyche.

It is mentioned in the book that some people had an aversion to camera
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Marsha
May 20, 2010 Marsha rated it it was amazing
Beautifully presented prints from from an exhibit in San Francisco of early photographic images using the technology circa 1840-1900 to portray scientific subjects. There are sepia toned images of the planets and the universe, prints of snowflakes and diatoms as photographed through microscopes, famous motion studies and x-ray images taken of various objects including a six fingered man and the leg of a man complete with his boots.

Subject aside, many of the prints are artistically provocative.

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Feb 07, 2013 Diane Marie rated it it was amazing
this incredible exhibit was one that you couldn't go to only once and the book is as excellent of a documentation one can get without having an opportunity to to experience the breathtaking beauty of the show in person.
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Great book! Wonderfully written essays and beautiful plates; a must have for a photo history lover.
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The catalog from the SF MoMA exhibition of the same name.
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