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Prints and Visual Communication

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The sophistication of the photographic process has had two dramatic results--freeing the artist from the confines of journalistic reproductions and freeing the scientist from the unavoidable imprecision of the artist's prints. So released, both have prospered and produced their impressive nineteenth- and twentieth-century outputs.It is this premise that William M. Ivins, J ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published July 15th 1969 by Mit Press (first published January 28th 1969)
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Nov 02, 2015 Steven rated it it was amazing
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This is a thought provoking study of technological innovation and its far-reaching consequences. It's about the development of "exactly repeatable visual images" - woodcuts, engravings, lithography, photography, and the like - and their impact on art, art criticism, science, and engineering. The insights are surprising and often counter-intuitive.
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Dry reading but a surprisingly fascinating subject of the transmission of visual information before photography.
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