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A World History of Photography

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Encompasses the entire range of the photographic medium, from the camera lucida to up-to-date computer technology, and from Europe and the Americas to the Far East. The text investigates all aspects of photography - aesthetic, documentary, commercial and technical - while placing it in historical context. It includes three technical sections with detailed information about ...more
Paperback, Third Edition, 695 pages
Published June 26th 2003 by Abbeville Press (first published 1984)
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Tonileg
Sep 18, 2012 Tonileg rated it it was amazing
Shelves: guides
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
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Jessie
Dec 22, 2008 Jessie rated it it was amazing
if you want to buy one book on the history of photography, this one is pretty great.
Open Books
Nov 08, 2014 Open Books rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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inverted_a
Jul 20, 2014 inverted_a added it
Shelves: photography
This book has 807 pictures, from 1839 to 1994. You get the picture.
Jennifer
May 29, 2008 Jennifer rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
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.
Kateryna
Feb 23, 2013 Kateryna rated it it was amazing
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 it was amazing
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.
Kent
May 11, 2009 Kent added it
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.
carina
Feb 27, 2008 carina rated it really liked it
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
Mar 11, 2013 Vince Fontaine rated it it was amazing
Amazing book. Took forever to read but I'm much more informed from it. Fascinating stuff.
William Ash
Jul 03, 2013 William Ash rated it it was amazing
An excellent collection of photographs. It should be on every photographer's shelf.
Maurice Duharte
Aug 14, 2010 Maurice Duharte rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Andy
Dec 21, 2008 Andy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star
A textbook to return to again and again and again...
Casie
Jul 20, 2012 Casie rated it it was amazing
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One of the only textbooks from University I kept.
Mya
Dec 14, 2014 Mya rated it it was amazing
really good
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