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Diableries, Aventures Stéréoscopiques en Enfer
By Denis Pellerin - Brian May - Paula Fleming
 
The most Devilish photobook of 2014.
Click image / or goto English version + more information.

Diableries, Aventures Stéréoscopique en Enfer’ (2014) by Denis Pellerin, Brian May and Paula Fleming is the long awaited French version photo book about these intriguing 19th. century stereo views from Hell. This publication offers 500 screenless full color reproductions bringing them close to authentic photographs. Also available in English published in 2013.

Not only the technical qualities of the reproductions in this book are exceptional and precious (no visable halftone dots), the same is true for the many years of thorough research by photo historian Denis Pellerin and his two other co-authors.

For the first time, modern readers can learn about the hidden meanings of these 19
th. century satirical images and truly ‘taste’ their critical ambition and goal.

But “What The Hell“ are French stereo Diableries?
Stereo-Diableries are an intriguing set of 19
th. century humorous, satirical and political inspired 3-D photographs. These albumin stereo prints depict daily life in hell, a world inhabited by male skeletons and demons, often in contrast with provocative and surprisingly realistic women, all modeled in clay.

Many of these stereo images show political critique and satire on the Napoleonic regime. A hazardous intent during the period these images where made.

 
 

 
 
 
 
The Poor Man's Picture Gallery
By Denis Pellerin and Brian May.
Victorian paintings and their stereoscopic counterparts
The most intriguing photobook of 2014.

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'The Poor Man's Picture Gallery’ (2014) reconstruct some well-known Victorian paintings using real actors and staged scenes. The stereos are contemporary with the paintings, and the connections to the works of art were hitherto unknown outside the circle of specialist collectors of Victoriana.

The photos were produced for commercial reasons - the advent of a new painting by a great artist was big news, but most people were not able to access and enjoy the new works of art. Entrepreneurial photographers of the day reconstructed the scenes, photographed them, and sold the stereo cards for profit. In addition to their beauty, they shed a light on the story of these famous paintings and reveal a great deal about the society of the time.

The format is to show the painting itself, followed by the stereo card versions of that painting with explanatory text. The artists include Landseer, Maclise, Wallis, Millais, Calderon, Lane, Frith, Nicol, Leslie, Hunt, and the photographers were the most distinguished of that time.

The book also reveals that stereo photographers drew their inspirations from illustrations — and more particularly from cartoons published in the satirical magazine Punch —, and that their work, in turn, inspired china figures known as “fairings.”

 

The technical qualities of the reproductions in this book are exceptional and precious (no visable halftone dots).

For the first time, modern readers can learn about the relationship between Victorian paintings and their stereoscopic counterparts
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Picture Gallery


 
 

 
 
 
Twentieth-Century Color Photographs
By Sylvie Pénichon.
 
Identification and Care
   
     

Since the Kodak publications 'Care and Identification of 19th. Century Photographic Prints' by James M. Reilly (1986) and the one year earlier 'Conservation of Photographs', the importance and appreciation of historical photographs grew immensely and ignited a start of scientific & historical research into the field of photography, resulting in a vast library of important new books.

Consequently, the identification, conservation and restoration of Twentieth-Century Color Photographs
needs our attention too. Sylvie Pnichon wrote with the current book an immensely valuable source about color in modern photographical prints and transparancies.

Click book-cover to open the Getty information page on Twentieth-Century Color Photographs.
See also The Digital Print.

 

 
 
A Royal Passion
By Anne M. Lyden.
 
Queen Victoria and Photography

 
A Royal Passion, Queen Victoria and Photography.
(Book announcement from the Getty web site)

In January 1839, photography was announced to the world. Two years prior, a young Queen Victoria ascended to the throne of Great Britain and Ireland. These two events, while seemingly unrelated, marked the beginnings of a relationship that continued throughout the nineteenth century and helped construct the image of an entire age.

A Royal Passion explores the connections between photography and the monarchy through Victoria’s embrace of the new medium and her portrayal through the lens. Together with Prince Albert, her beloved husband, the Queen amassed one of the earliest collections of photographs, including works by renowned photographers such as Roger Fenton, Gustave Le Gray, and Julia Margaret Cameron.

Victoria was also the first British monarch to have her life recorded by the camera: images of her as wife, mother, widow, and empress proliferated around the world at a time when the British Empire spanned the globe.


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An American Odyssey
By Marc Walter & Sabine Arqué
 
Photos from the Detroit Photographic Company, 1888 - 1924
 
   
 
inside


An American Odyssey
,
Photos from the Detroit Photographic Company, 1888 - 1924.

Finely a great book, in size, content and illustrations, about the American colored black and white photographs. These images are know as photochroms and photo tinted postcards. All images are from the private collection of Marc Walter and were produced by the Detroit Photographic Company between 1888 and 1924.

Most of these colorful images are produced by photo lithographic processes before the invention of the Autochrome (the first true commercial photographic color process).
See a book on the Autochome process.

At the dawn of photography all the early images lack color. Similar as done in early nitrate films during the pioneer period of cinema, many black and white photographs where carefully colored by various techniques. These includes hand coloring (as done in films) but also mechanized lithographic printing techniques as seen in the current book.

Learn more about the Photochrom process in the Encyclopedia of Nineteenth-Century Photography.
Learn more about lithographic printing techniques in the A history of chromolithography.

Click cover to see the Taschen book page for this wonderful full color Odyssey.
See other books on colored black & white photographs depicting topographical views or nudes, these processes (there are many) of mechanical and/or hand coloring are used for all kind of subjects, very often for pornographic and erotic images.

From the very beginning round 1839 photography aimed the ambition to (re)produce 'true colour' as can be seen in hand-colored daguerreotypes, albumin prints, etc. This lavishly illustrated book depicts the 19th. and early 20th. century North American continent as never seen before by most people in the 21th. century, or even before. The book offers us a colorful journey by the Photochrom process invented in 1889, due to their specific qualities these images are often confused with true color photographs such as the autochromes and subsequent new processes.

Further information about the huge variety on photographic techniques can be found in various photo determination and conservation books on this page.
A good start is 'Photographs of the Past, Process and Preservation' by Bertrand Lavédrine (also available in French). Please follow links or scroll this page to find more books on photo determination and conservation in English, French or Dutch & Dutch. See also for the determination of digital printing techniques.
 
 

 
 
 
Photographers
By Michael Pritchard and Tony Nourmand.
 
     

Photographers.

This is a wonderful photo book, especially because it offers the utmost important connection that we often (mostly) miss in many other publications. The link between the photographer and his (often cumbersome) equipment, the camera & accessories in his huge variety.

To often, photo collectors do not collect camera's, and camera collectors do not collect photographs. However, the most complete and interesting histories of photography are only understood when both are 'in the picture'. Fortunately, this is what we see, feel and enjoy in this great publication.

In addition the book also depicts the men and woman behind the camera, not only his or her notorious or famous sitters. Not the most celebrated or well known images are chosen but those that helps us to understand the true 'metier' of the analogue photographer, a basic knowledge today almost unknown to the new digital generation.

All the above results in a surprisingly fresh, instructive, and above all, beautiful photo book depicting images that are rarely seen by most people.

Click cover the publisher's book page.

 
 

 
 
Diableries, Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell
By Denis Pellerin - Brian May - Paula Fleming
Click image / or goto French version.
The most Devilish photobook of 2013.
Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell

'Diableries, Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell’ (2013) by Denis Pellerin, Brian May and Paula Fleming is the long awaited photo book about these intriguing 19th. century stereo views from Hell. This publication offers 500 screenless full color reproductions bringing them close to authentic photographs.
Also available in
French.

Not only the technical qualities of the reproductions in this book are exceptional and precious (no visable halftone dots), the same is true for the many years of thorough research by photo historian Denis Pellerin and his two other co-authors.

For the first time, modern readers can learn about the hidden meanings of these 19
th. century satirical images and truly ‘taste’ their critical ambition and goal.

But “What The Hell“ are French stereo Diableries?
Stereo-Diableries are an intriguing set of 19
th. century humorous, satirical and political inspired 3-D photographs. These albumin stereo prints depict daily life in hell, a world inhabited by male skeletons and demons, often in contrast with provocative and surprisingly realistic women, all modeled in clay.

Many of these stereo images show political critique and satire on the Napoleonic regime. A hazardous intent during the period these images where made.

 

When it comes to originals, for collectors the most attractive version of the Diableries are the so-called ‘stereo tissues’, back-colored albumin photographs showing ‘day & night’ effects similar to the techniques used in diorama paintings, peepshow views, the Polyorama Panoptique and various other early immersive analogue media devices and images.

Original 19th. century tissue Diableries in mint condition are rare to find but thanks to modern digital techniques this book opens a new world for the 21th. century onlooker and reader. For the very first time the diableries are illustrated, both in stereo and their colorful details, all in unprecedented printing quality even when viewed through a stereoscope or magnifying glass. The main A (Block) series is illustrated both with front light and light-shining-true.

In addition to the so-called original series of 72 devilish scenes (named the Block or A series) ‘Diableries, Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell’ also illustrates 6 more Diablerie series, B, C, D, E, EH. By this as it may, this hard cover volume is the only complete survey on the subject to date!

Judging more than 180 diableries (created between 1860-1890), in most views, life in Hell looks quite enjoyable and similar too daily life on earth.
These scenes are tabletop miniature dioramas modeled in clay, subsequently photographed with a stereo camera to create a three dimensional experience when viewing the images through a stereoscope, forerunner of the well-known View-Master.

Recently, (to late to include in the book), a set of original Diablerie negatives (glass plates) were discovered in a French museum. Hopefully, one day, the same will happen with the original ‘lost’ sculpted dioramas. If still in existence, perhaps this book will help to unearth the clay models from oblivion.

The sculptors of these detailed works of arts in are known, Pierre Adolphe Hennetier (1828 - 1888), Louis Alfred Habert (1824 - 1893) & Edmond Cougny (1831 - 1900).
All these main characters and other key players have an interesting biography in the book.


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The photo on the cover of the slip-case shows a 12-layer lenticular of ‘La guerre, départ de l'Enfer’. Included in the slipcase of this high quality hardcover edition you find ‘The Owl’, a foldable high quality book-stereoscope designed by Brian May enabling us to enjoy the stereo effect in spectacular 3-D, conjuring-up the experience as if we are looking at the original Diableries.

Regarding the images this is a photo book of great fun, but also of great historical value offering the reader a myriad of interesting historical information, anecdotes and details about a period, 'the Second Empire Era' in France (1852-1870) often ignored by (even French) historians. “Subtle messages, critique, satire and comment relating to the political and social events of a less known part in French history”.

Parallel to the book ‘Diableries Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell’, Brian May launched a Diablerie website, hosted on the server of the ‘London Stereoscopic Company'. The LSC website demonstrates in an interactive dissolving manner the day & night effects of these curious eerie scenes from Hell. On Halloween 2013 this book with his skeletons, devils and scantily dressed women was unleashed into public in the British Library, London.

Anyone with an interest in early photography and/or French history should add this to his bookshelves. Obviously, after reading and becoming paralyzed by the extreme beauty of these infernal images. Halloween was never before accompanied by such an important publication. What a wonderful book also to celebrate the continuously evolving medium of photography, already 175 years old.
Download this review in PDF or Click to get a sneak preview of the book.


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Denis Pellerin's many years of research unravels a vast amount of new information regarding the above sculptors of these rare 19th. century photo gems and their true political & satirical meaning. These stereo cards display various dimensions in different meanings of the word. At first sight they are just great fun. The day and night effects add another dimension to these photographs. The most spectacular dimension is the true 3D experience or illusion when viewing these images through a stereoscope. But less ‘visible’ for today’s viewers are the underlying dimension of social and political comments, also unveiled in this book for the very first time. based on more than a decade academic research by this established French photo historian & collector, Denis Pellerin.

Brian May, founding member of QUEEN, world renowned guitarist as well as doctor in astrophysics and passionate stereo photo collector. A previous photo book by Brian May & Elena Vidal, ‘A Village Lost and found’ unravels the stereo photographs of Thomas. R. Williams. For his first book May returned to astrophysics and co-authored ‘BANG! The complete history of the universe’.

Paula Fleming, is an established American photo historica & collector with a special interest in stereo photography. She is the retired photo archivist of the world famous Smithsonian Institution and shares the same passion for the Diableries with the other authors. Fleming published extensively on 19th. century photography and curated many photographic exhibitions.
 
 

 
 
 
The Photographic Image in Digital Culture
Edited by Martin Lister
 
   
 
The Photographic Image in Digital Culture

This new edition of The Photographic Image in Digital Culture explores the condition of photography after some 20 years of remediation and transformation by digital technology.

Through ten especially commissioned essays, by some of the leading scholars in the field of contemporary photography studies, a range of key topics are discussed including: the meaning of software in the production of photograph; the nature of networked photographs; the screen as the site of photographic display; the simulation of photography in the videogame; photography, ubiquitous computing and technologies of ambient intelligence; developments in vernacular photography and social media; the photograph and the digital archive; the curation and exhibition of the networked photograph; the dominance of the image bank in commercial and advertising photography; the complexities of citizen photojournalism.

A recurring theme addressed throughout is the nature of ‘photography after photography’ and the paradoxical nature of the medium in the 21st century; a time when the traditional technology of photography has become defunct while there is more ‘photography’ than ever. This is an ideal book for students studying photography and digital media.

Click cover to see the book page.

 
 
 

 
 
 
Galleries of Friendship and Fame
by Elizabeth Siegel.
 
 
 
Galleries of Friendship and Fame is the first comprehensive investigation of the origin, development, and practices of 19th. century American photograph albums. In this fascinating book, the author argues that the album - whether functioning as family record, parlor entertainment, social register, national portrait gallery, or advertisement for photography itself - helped transform the nature of self-presentation at the cusp of modernity.

This handsome volume examines carte de visite and cabinet card albums from their introduction in the United States in 1861 through the rise of the snapshot at the century’s end. By examining a wealth of previously overlooked primary materials, this study offers a completely new understanding of photograph albums, revealing how they emerged, how they were marketed and sold, and how families displayed and told stories through them.

Galleries of Friendship and Fame addresses the history of technology and innovation, the interconnectedness of the commercial and domestic spheres, and the ways photography helped shape notions of identity, family, and nation in a rapidly changing America.

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Diableries replica set
Stereoscopic adventures in Hell
 
Brian May's Diableries for Christmas
     
   
By Brian May
 
Currently available from ‘The London Stereoscopic Company’ is a set of 12 (+2) stereo Diableries reproduced in wonderful color, quality & 3-D experience.
This set is published to announce the definitive book on the subject, summer 2013.

Don’t’ wait too long to order your 12 card (+ 2) set since this wonderful project is a limited edition! Click the image to go to the order page and help in the expansion of this project to publish possibly even more Diablerie stereo cards.

A perfect new stereoscope, 'The OWL', designed by Brian May to view these images is available too. Denis Pellerin's, Brian May's & Paula Fleming's long awaited definitive book ‘Diableries Stereoscopic adventures in Hell’ is availble from October 2013.

Diableries are an intriguing set of humorous 19th. century colored stereo albumin photographs depicting everyday life in hell. Original Diableries are rare to find and this set is reproduced using the best original copies known, preserved in the collection of Brian May.

Where necessary some of the images where digitally restored by the use of diableries from the Visual Media collection. The result is a set of great quality, today virtually impossible to find in their original vintage version.

Click for more information on the new unprecedented Diablerie book.

 
 
 

 
 
 
Photographer of Modern Life - Camille Silvy
by Mark Haworth-Booth.
 
 
 
The French photographer Camille Silvy (1834–1910) was one of the most original artists of his time. More than any other nineteenth-century photographer, Silvy exemplifies Charles Baudelaire's idea of the artist as an interpreter of modern life.

This book explores Silvy's innovative efforts to master industrial-scale portrait production alongside fine-art photography in his popular London studio.
Presenting sitters in modern dress was a new phenomenon and Silvy was a pioneer in the creation of the carte-de-visite.

This fascinating account of Silvy's life and photography was published to mark the centenary of his death. Combining research into exhibition prints, still lifes, and street scenes, as well as the intimate, beautifully lit and posed cartes-de-visite, the book demonstrates Silvy's extraordinary originality and his life as a man of both art and commerce.
A previously unpublished photographic collection of his family is also included.

(Getty store review)
Click cover to see the publisher's book page.
Visit the Early Processes page on Early Visual Media.

 
 
 

 
 
Diableries: 3-D in Hell
Announced for Halloween 2013
The most Devilish photobook of 2013.
 
Stereo World vol. 37 No 4 - 2012  
By Denis Pellerin, Brian May, Paula Fleming
 
Groundbreaking article in 'Stereo World' latest issue announcing Denis Pellerin's long awaited definitive book on the French Stereo Diablerie tissues.
Diableries are an intriguing set of humorous 19th. century stereo albumin photographs depicting everyday life in hell. The most popular versions show dioramic effects thanks to back coloring and tiny pricked holes in well chosen details of the images.

Co-authors in this devilish project are Brian May (photo collector, doctor in astrophysics, Queen’s guitarist) and Paula Fleming (American photographic expert).
Preceding the 2012 press announcement (later this year) the ‘National Stereoscopic Association’ (NSA) recently published a thrilling article on the research for this forthcoming publication.

Parallel to the Diablerie book project Brian May launched various Diablerie web pages on the ‘London Stereoscopic Company' web site.
For those who know Brian May’s earlier photo book ‘A Village Lost and Found’, the Diablerie book will be similar in size, printed in high quality and accompanied by a new edition of the patented Brian May stereoscope, 'the OWL'.

Denis Pellerin's many years of research unveils a great amount of new information regarding the makers and true meaning of these rare 19th. century collectibles.
The current article is a highly tempting teaser for this hellish subject, deeply researched for the first time, preceding the book illustrating in stereo all known Diablerie series and titles.

Read about Diableries on Early Visual Media.
 
 
 

 
 
 
Reframing Photography
by Rebekah Modrak with Bill Anthes.
 
 
 
Reframing Photography: Theory and Practice

A book and website about photography in the widest possible sense of the word. Each presents a broad and inclusive rethinking of conceptual and technical aspects of photography across time periods, across themes, and through varied materials.

The book brings photographic education up to date with contemporary art practice. Essays link photographic conventions with a history of ideas, involving such topics as architecture, literature, psychology, and genetics, and introduce related artists and artworks.

How-to sections describe an extensive range of processes, such as viewing devices (including multiple types of cameras, scanners, and the human eye), lighting methods, low-tech ways to reproduce images, film and digital processing, digital, darkroom and manual editing and printing, book arts, pre-cinematic animation techniques, web arts, collage, light box construction, web portfolios, internet art, and more.

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A History of the Woodburytype
 
   
By Barret Oliver
 
An important book unveiling the history and technique of the 19th. century most beautiful technique for mechanically reproducing photographs and other works of arts. The history of mass produced images is of utmost importance since it learn us to understand today's predominant visual culture and era.

'The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction' (1936), the well know essay by Walter Benjamin, is build on a vast breeding ground of 19th. and early 20th. century printing techniques.

The need for reproducing nature, permanent and in large quantities suitable for publication, was answered in 1864 by Walter Bentley Woodbury. Unlike other mechanical printing techniques, the Woodburytype was superior since it produced true halftone images and missing any type of grain, seen in other printing techniques.

By this as it may, the Woodburytype closely resembles (or mimic) a true photograph or high quality silver print. Indeed, in the traditional meaning these 'photographs' are not true photographs but a 'cast' of an intaglio lead printing plate filled with semi-transparent permanent ink.

Click cover to see the book page for this publication or go to Carl Mautz Vintage Photography and Publishing website. A limited collector's edition of 50 (unfortunately sold out) contains an original woodburytype tipped in - fortunately the high quality printed book is still available in it's normal edition and should be in every photo library.
 
 

Thanks to the author's personal experience in making Woodburytypes the book helps us to understand and appreciate this atypical high quality reproduction technique. The Woodburytype upgraded printing techniques to the level of 'true photographs' when seen by the naked eye - or even enlarged by unveiling the absence of a grain, dot patterns or line structures to simulate halftones.This is a great book about a great technique for (re)producing great true halftone 'photographs' ...
Visit the Early Processes page on Early Visual Media.

 
 

 
 
 
Snapshot. Painters and Photography, 1888-1915
Edited by Elizabeth Easton.
 
 
 
Bonnard, Denis, Vuillard, Vallotton, Evenepoel, Rivière and Breitner.

This catalogue and exhibition unveils the importance and use of 'snapshot' photography' by and in the paintings of the above artists. This important publication highlights the possibilities of the 1888 Kodak No.1 box camera and the dawn of 'amateur' photography.

'You press the button, we do the rest', the famous Kodak slogan, marks the beginning of photographic popularization. From now everybody could add 'taking pictures' too their leisure-time. Inspired by the new possibilities of' 'drawning by light' many artists took up the camera to register their daily environment and used these images to create their paintings or graphic art.

The catalogue illustrates how this influenced the composition in their works as well as experiments with darkness and light. The snapshot as an important aid and tool in art was born. Being works of art themselves, the above painters never exhibited their photographic treasures.

The book shows how the above individual artists used this relatively young medium between 1895 and the early twentieth century.

Click cover to see the Van Gogh book page for this publication.
A
promotion PDF is available showing some wonderful pages from the book.

 
 
 

 
 
 
Photobooth - The Art of the Automatic Portrait
By Raynal Pellicer
 
  Photograph Yourself !
Eight Poses in Eight Minutes
 

Photobooth - The Art of the Automatic Portrait.

'Since its introduction to the public in September of 1926 on a street corner in New York City, the automatic photobooth has captured the interest of the general public and fine artists alike. Raynal Pellicer examines the self-portraits, sometimes practical, sometimes whimsical produced by this enduring 20th-century novelty' (Abrams).

This book features a myriad of automatic snapshots depicting famous and anonymous sitters, from the 1920 to the present day. Most of interest however is the history of automatic photo portrait apparatuses.

Patented in 1925, almost a century old, the Photobooth or Photomaton was the successor of various
19th. century methods for 'automatic photography'.
In 1889 Ernest Enjalbert introduced his 'Appareil de photographie automatique' using the tintype process, at the Exposition Universelle de Paris.

A few years later 'The Bosco', a similar but easier to use apparatus compared to Enjalbert's device was introduced in Hamburg. The latter produced ferrotypes (tintypes) in three minutes and became a great success on fairgrounds and amusements parks.

Click cover to see the book page for this publication.

 
 

 
 
Handboek Herkennen Fotografische en Fotomechanische Procedés
By Jan van Dijk.
 
Historische en moderne procedés en digitale afdruktechnieken
Edited by Ingeborg Leijerzapf.

 
Since the Kodak publications 'Care and Identification of 19th. Century Photographic Prints' by James M. Reilly (1986) and the one year earlier 'Conservation of Photographs', the importance and appreciation for historical photographs grew immensely and ignited a start of scientific & historical research into the field of photography, resulting in a vast library of important new books.

Beside four other recent titles, 'Photographs of the Past' (also available in French) 'Le Vocabulaire Technique de la Photography', 'De Kunst van het Fotoarchief', 'l' Autochrome Lumière ...', 'Herkennen Fotografische ... Procedés' is the second, long awaited, book in Dutch about determination of historical photographs, their care and conservation methods.

Author of the book is Jan van Dijk (Leiden University), founder of the successful course 'Determination of Historical Photographical and Photomechanical Techniques'.

By this as it may, these books are addressed to all the groups of 'specialists' since a responsible care of photographical images is the first guarantee to preserve them for today's research and safeguarding for future generations.
Click cover to visit the publisher's book page.

Additional historical sources:
Encyclopedia of Nineteenth-Century Photography
(2 volumes)
Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century photography (3 volumes)
Visit the Early Processes page on Early Visual Media.
 
 
 

 
 
 
Memories of a Lost World
By Charlotte Fiell & James R. Ryan
 
Travels through the Magic Lantern
 
  Great Photo book
Great Lantern Slide book
 

Memories of a Lost World - Travels through the Magic Lantern

This great, 704 p., picture book offers a view to the world, 1870 - 1930s, trough 900 magic lantern slide photographs. All slides are from the author's Fiell publishing archive.This is a trilingual book, English, German and French.

In this pre-globalized world we visit Northern Europe, Eastern Europe, Western Europe, Southern Europe, Northern Africa, Central & Eastern Africa, Southern Africa, The Middle East, Southern Asia, Eastern Asia, South Eastern Asia, Oceania, Antarctica, South America, Central America, United States of America, Canada and Alaska.

The book opens with a short introduction on the history of the magic lantern slide and an essay on the importance of the use of photographical magic lantern slides as popular projected spectacle both to entertain and educate.



Click cover to see the FIELL's book page for this publication.
A
promotion PDF is available showing some wonderful images from the book.

 
 

 
 
 
Time and Photography
By Jan Baetens, Alexander Streitberger, ....
 
     

Time and Photography

Despite our stereotypical ideas on photographic images as snapshots (slices of time), photography is fundamentally a time-based medium.

The relationships between photography and time are manifold: time can be directly represented within the image, it can be its theme and philosophical horizon, but it can also represent the global framework in which photographic practices develop and change through time.

It is the ambition of this book to bring together the various aspects of time in photography as well as of photography in time, and to illustrate them in a series of case studies that focus on seminal authors (e.g. Fox Talbot, Victor Burgin, Robert Morris) and genres (e.g. spirit photography, montage photobooks and tableau photography), with examples ranging from the very first photographic pictures to the most recent cross-medial uses of photography in and outside art.

Written by international specialists for a non-specialist audience and displaying extraordinary breadth and erudition, this book reshapes our vision of photography in order to include many crucial yet overlooked aspects of time, culture and art.

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Eadweard Muybridge
By Philip Brookman .
 
Click for exhibition dates

   

Eadweard Muybridge at Tate Britain

British-born Eadweard Muybridge, who emigrated to the United States in the 1850s, is one of the most influential photographers of all time. He pushed the limits of the camera's possibilities, creating world-famous images of animals and humans in motion.

Just as impressive are his vast panoramas of American landscapes, such as the Yosemite valley, and his documentation of the rapidly growing nation, particularly in San Francisco.

His dramatic life included extensive travels in North and Central America, a career as a successful lecturer, and the scandal of his trial for the murder of his wife's lover.

Click cover for more information on the exhibition book or see catalogue order information.

 
 

 
 
 
The Pre-Raphaelite Lens - British Photography and Painting 1848-1875
By Tim Barringer, Jennifer Roberts, ....
 
Click for exhibition dates in Washington or Paris    

The Pre-Raphaelite Lens - British Photography and Painting 1848-1875.

A major exhibition and lavishly illustrated catalogue on Pre-Raphaelite art, both painting and photography. This show will run in Washington and subsequently travel to Paris as 'Peinture Préraphaelite et photographie artistique en Grande-Bretagne,
1848-1875'.


(Information from the NGA press office webpage)
The first exhibition to explore the rich dialogue between Victorian-era British photography and Pre-Raphaelite painting showcases how these parallel artistic phenomena informed and inspired one another.

The Pre-Raphaelite Lens: British Photography and Painting, 1848-1875 includes some 100 photographs and 20 paintings and watercolors by leading artists such as Julia Margaret Cameron, Lewis Carroll, John Everett Millais, and Dante Gabriel Rossetti.

On view at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, West Building, from October 31, 2010 through January 30, 2011, the exhibition chronicles the roles photography and Pre-Raphaelite art played in changing concepts of vision and truth in representation in the Victorian era.

Click cover for catalogue information or see the exhibition webpage for more information.

 
 

 
 
 
Photography: A Cultural History
By Mary Warner Marien.
 
     

Photography: A Cultural History

Mary Warner Marien has constructed a richer and more kaleidoscopic account of the history of photography than has previously been available. Her comprehensive survey shows compellingly how photography has sharpened, if not altered forever, our perception of the world.

The book was written to introduce students to photography. It does not require that students possess any technical know-how and can be taught without referring to techniques in photography.

Incorporating the latest research and international uses of photography, the text surveys the history of photography in such a way that students can gauge the medium's long-term multifold developments and see the historical and intellectual contexts in which photographers lived and worked.

It also provides a unique focus on contemporary photo-based work and electronic media.

Click cover for more information or read about this book at Laurence King Publishing.

 
 

 
 
 
Das Kaiser Panorama, ein Unternehmen des August Fuhrmann
By Dieter Lorenz.
 
     
Das Kaiser Panorama lavishly describes and illustrates the history of the Kaiser Panorama, a huge stereoscopic peepshow which enables a small group of people to view simultaneously a series of stereoscopic photographs through a series of stereoscopic lenses.

The booklet describes different Kaiser Panorama's in München and Altötting and illustrate in colour stereoscopic views from the photo collections in the Müncher Stadtmuseums.

Similar with the through panorama buildings, the Kaiser Panorama was an other early form of mass entertainment.

Click cover for more information.

 
 

 
 
The Printed Picture
By Richard Benson.
 
     

The Printed Picture traces the changing technology of picture-making from the Renaissance to the present, focusing on the vital role of images in multiple copies.

The book surveys printing techniques before the invention of photography; the photographic processes that began to appear in the early 19th century; the marriage of printing and photography; and the rapidly evolving digital inventions of our time.

From woodblocks to chromolithographs, from engravings to bar codes, from daguerreotypes to modern color photographs, the book succinctly examines the full range of pictorial processes.

Exploring how pictures look by describing how they are made, author Richard Benson reaches fascinating and original conclusions about what pictures can mean. Includes 326 illustrations.

The quality of the reproductions is high level to help the reader in identifying different processes.

Click cover for more information.
Visit the Early Processes page on Early Visual Media.

 
 

 
 
 
Darwin's Camera - Art and Photography in the Theory of Evolution
By Phillip Prodger.
 
     
Darwin's Camera tells the extraordinary story of how Charles Darwin changed the way pictures are seen and made. Darwin introduced the idea of using photographs to illustrate a scientific theory, his was the first photographically illustrated science book ever published.

Using photographs to depict fleeting expressions
of emotion, laughter, crying, anger, and so on, as they flit across a person's face, he managed to produce dramatic images at a time when photography was famously slow and awkward. The book describes how Darwin struggled to get the pictures he needed, scouring the galleries, bookshops, and photographic studios of London, looking for pictures to satisfy his demand for expressive imagery

He finally settled on one the giants of photographic history, the eccentric art photographer Oscar Rejlander, to make his pictures. It was a peculiar choice. Darwin was known for his meticulous science, while Rejlander was notorious for altering and manipulating photographs.

Darwin never studied art formally, but he was always interested in art and often drew on art knowledge as his work unfolded. He mingled with the artists on the voyage of HMS Beagle, he visited art museums to examine figures and animals in paintings, associated with artists, and read art history books.

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Era Palermo - Immagini e Collezionismo
By Vincenzo Mirisola.
 
     

Era Palermo

Il libro presenta diversi motivi di interesse, coniugando l’amore per i luoghi alla passione per il collezionismo delle fotografie originali. Le immagini sono state scelte con cura preferendo le più rare, soprattutto le inedite, in equa rappresentanza dei più importanti fotografi, siciliani e non, che hanno operato a Palermo.

Di tutti si è cercato di fornire notizie sintetiche sulla vita, l’opera e l’importanza nella storia della fotografia. Ogni immagine è accompagnata da una didascalia che riporta anche un indice di valore, sintetizzato da simboli grafici, ad indicare la fascia di prezzo a cui appartiene la fotografia originale.

Circa 200 foto. Testi sul viaggio in Italia, sul collezionismo di immagini, e biografie di tutti i fotografi presenti nel volume. Inoltre, a corredo di molte delle immagini pubblicate, i brani descrittivi tratti dai libri dei grandi viaggiatori del passato
.

Click cover for more information from the publisher.
 
 

 
 
 
The Dawn of the Color Photograph
By David Okuefuna.
 
Albert Kahn's Archives of the Planet
   

In 1909 the French banker and philanthropist Albert Kahn launched a monumentally ambitious project: to produce a color photographic record of human life on Earth. An internationalist and pacifist, Kahn believed that he could use the new autochrome, the world's first portable, true-color photographic process, to create a global photographic archive that would promote cross-cultural understanding and peace.

Over the next twenty years, he sent a group of photographers to more than fifty countries around the world, amassing more than 72,000 images. Until recently his collection was all but forgotten.

Kahn's photographers captured times, places, and people we simply do not expect to see in color photographs. They documented age-old cultures on the brink of being changed forever by war, modernization, and Westernization, recording the last years of Ireland's traditional Celtic villages and the late days of the Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman empires.

They photographed First World War soldiers in their trenches as well as the postwar celebrations in London. In the course of their travels, they also took the earliest color photographs in countries as varied as Vietnam and Brazil, Mongolia and Norway, Benin and the United States.

Click cover for more information from the publisher.


 
 

 
 
A Village Lost and Found
By Brian May & Elena Vidal.
 
     

PhD in astrophysics, world-renowned musician, top-collector of early 19th. century photography, Dr Brian May, guitarist of QUEEN, published his wonderful book: 'A Village Lost and Found'.

As a perfect antidote to the stress of life in the 21st Century this wonderful book portrays the idyll of life in an 1850s village, "far from the sound of the train's whistle".

These rare 1850 stereo photographs where made by Thomas Richard Williams, a famous 19th. century photographer - for the first time, the complete set of T. R. Williams 'Scenes in Our Village' is available from one well researched source.

Both authors, (photo historian) Elena Vidal & Brian May identified HInton Waldrist as the village where T. R. Williams took all his scenes for his, today among collectors, infamous series of 19th. rural images.

This hardcover in slipcase is impressive due to the historical value of the images but also because of the high quality of the reproduced images which can all be enjoyed in three dimensions with the aid of the included modern 3D viewer (designed by Brian May) without any annoying disturbance of a visible print raster. This clever designed viewer is of good optical quality and also suitable to hold & view original vintage stereocards.


This 'London Stereoscope Company OWL stereoscope' was developed in collaboration with the latter Society of stereo collectors. Visit also Brian May's & Elena Vidal's new website entirely dedicated to Victorian stereo images. Click book-cover to open the Frances Lincoln publisher's website.
 
 

 
 
 
l' Atrium et autres délires photographiques de Jules Richard et ses amis
By Alexandre Dupoux.
 
     

Les 'Editions Astarté' is specializing in vintage nude photography books (and other erotic artworks) a timeless subject and seen in photographs from the very dawn of the medium. The recent book, 'l' Atrium et autres délires photographique ...' illustrates for the first time a long awaited selection of these intriguing nudes in classic settings, taken in the Atrium and garden of Jules Richard by him and various other photographers.

'l' Atrium et autres délires photographiques' offers some wonderful examples of (stereo) nude photography with a strong connection leading to French Cabaret such as Moulin Rouge & Folies Bergere but especially to Prof. Desbonnet's 'Physical Culture' movement and method. Today it is known that these models where frequent practioneers of Desbonnet's popular gym-rooms which became a standard for physical culture all over Europe and are the true forerunner of today's fitness centers and their popularity.

Although these Jules Richard nudes can be classified as 'risque' photographs, they where tolerated in their time since they focus on the importance of body culture (a healthy mind in a healthy body) and are set in a fake decor inspired by Greek Antiquity decorated with props such as Sater statues and antique instruments. Click for enlarged cover of book.
Minor drawback is that the images are reproduced in black & white, hiding the wonderful monochrome sepia tones of the originals. Click to see two other Astarté publications.


The same glorification of antiquity can be recognized in Desbonnet's physical culture images in which practioneers of the method often imitate well known antique statues as an example of the perfect body.

  • -A book project showing these Desbonnet physical culture man and women is now in devellopment in Belgium & the USA.
    - Please let me know to be informed as soon it is published: Contact Thomas Weynants.
    - Please let me know if you have suchlike physical culture photographs by Prof. Desbonnet & others in your collection?
    - Or just let me know when you are interested in the subject and this project?
 
 

 
 
De Kunst van het Fotoarchief, 170 jaar fotografie en erfgoed
By Roger Kockaerts & Johan Swinnen.
 
     

Since the Kodak publications 'Care and Identification of 19th. Century Photographic Prints' by James M. Reilly (1986) and the one year earlier 'Conservation of Photographs', the importance and appreciation of historical photographs grew immensely and ignited a start of scientific & historical research into the field of photography, resulting in a vast library of important new books.

Beside four other recent titles, 'Photographs of the Past' (also available in French) 'Le Vocabulaire Technique de la Photography'; 'Handboek Herkennen Fotografische en Fotomechanische Procedés', 'l' Autochrome Lumière ...', 'De Kunst van het fotoarchief, 170 jaar fotografie en erfgoed' is the first, long awaited, book in Dutch language about the determination of historical photographs, their care, conservation and restoration methods.

The importance of the book cannot be underestimated since not only photo museums have large quantities of historical important images, many rare images are in other museums, institutions, archives, universities and in the hands of a myriad of private collectors. A personal favorite, this is one of the few sources where the true 'stereo-ambrotype' (not a stereo image!) is clearly explained.

This book is addressed to all the above groups since a responsible care of photographical images is the first guarantee to preserve them for today's research and safeguarding for future generations.
Visit the Early Processes page on Early Visual Media.

Additional historical sources (not focusing on determination and conservation) are two Routledge Encyclopedia's:
- Encyclopedia of Nineteenth-Century Photography (2 volumes)
- Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century photography (3 volumes)
 

 
 
The Digital Print
By Martin C. Jürgens.
 
Identification and Preservation    

Since the Kodak publications 'Care and Identification of 19th. Century Photographic Prints' by James M. Reilly (1986) and the one year earlier 'Conservation of Photographs', the importance and appreciation of historical photographs grew immensely and ignited a start of scientific & historical research into the field of photography, resulting in a vast library of important new books.

Consequently, the identification, conservation and restoration of modern digital print technologies needs our attention too. Martin Jürgens wrote with the 'Digital Print' an immensely valuable source about the past forty years of modern print technologies used by artists.

This invaluable resource demystifies the complex, rapidly changing, and sometimes confusing world of digital print technologies. It describes the major digital printing processes used by photographers and artists in recent years, explaining and illustrating materials and their deterioration, methods of identification, and options for acquiring and preserving digital prints.

A removable poster provides a ready reference for identifying specific digital processes and materials.
Click book-cover to open the Getty information page on the Digital Print.
See also Twentieth-Century Color Photographs.

 

 
Les Editions Astarté
Vintage Erotic Nudes
 
By Joseph Vasta
By Pierre Louÿs.
 
 
Les 'Editions Astarté' is specializing in vintage nude photography books (and other erotic artworks) a timeless subject and seen in photographs from the very dawn of the medium. Both recent books, Beautés Teintées & Le Cul de la Femme are illustrated with a representative myriad of often clandestine made images.

'Beautés Teintées' offers the highest quality of the photographical tinted postcard at the end of the 19th. century, depicting nudes and semi nudes in boudoir like decors and/or in front of early Art Deco backgrounds. The tinting was applied by very subtle coloring techniques, often watercolors or colored ink. Many of the tinted lady's where well know performers in French Cabaret such as Moulin Rouge & Folies Bergere. Actresses such as Cléo de Merode, Sarah Bernhardt, La Belle Otero, Brèville, Mll. Denis, became highly collectibles often hidden by their owner.

'Le Cul de la Femme' tends to a more bold depiction of the 19th. century female nude and offers black & white images of women often in challenging poses which come closer to the culture of the obscene. However, the back & poop always played a key role in the depiction of the attractive nude in the erotic arts before and in photographic representations. Often, although less in the selection of this book, the female sitters where hiding their faces behind their hands or a kind of prop. This can also be noticed in full nudity physical culture photographs made in the gym rooms of professor Desbonnet.

All books in this series are in French but with a full English translation and can be ordered directly from the publisher Editions Astarté.
Click bookcovers to see the respective bookpage of the publisher, or click title above to see a larger image of the cover.

See more nudes, however not tinted, on Early Visual Media, and
more and more and more.
 

 
 
Le Vocabulaire Technique de la Photography - Known as the 'VTP'
Sous la direction de Anne Cartier-Bresson.
 
Le VTP    

Le Vocabulaire Technique de la Photography
Directed by Anne Cartier-Bresson, niece of Henri Cartier-Bresson

Since the Kodak publications 'Care and Identification of
19th. Century Photographic Prints' by James M. Reilly (1986) and the one year earlier 'Conservation of Photographs', the importance and appreciation of historical photographs grew immensely and ignited a start of scientific & historical research into the field of photography, resulting in a vast library of important new books.

Besides the two, also new, subsequent titles below, 'l' Autochrome Lumière ...', 'Photographs of the Past' (also available in French), the 'Le Vocabulaire Technique de la Photography' is the most extented. This impressive book, also know as 'The VTP', has in relation to both latter titles the author
Bertrand Lavédrine in common.

The book is impressive, as well are those below, due to his invaluable richness of information featuring many visual, historical, technical & scientific know-how on a myriad of vintage photographical techniques. The 400 illustrations are printed in quadri to help the user in identifying the process used for specific samples in collections.

The VTP & all books referred to in relation with the VTP are a welcome addition to any library which is seriously concerned with the preservation, conservation & restoration of vintage photographs and our visual heritage. They should not be missed. Click book-cover to open the press PDF of the VTP.
Visit the Early Processes page on Early Visual Media.

One of the authors, Denis Pellerin, (together with Brian May & Paula Fleming) recently finished a book on the French stereo Diableries.
 

 
 
l' Autochrome Lumière:
By Bertrand Lavédrine.
 
Secrets d' ateliers et défis industriels    


l' Autochrome Lumière
- Secrets d' ateliers et défis industriels


Another invaluable source, rich of information featuring many visual, historical, technical & scientific know-how, this time devoted to one process, the Autochrome or first commercial and succesfull true color proces in the field of photography.

Bertrand Lavédrine, co-author of the above VTP, offers an extreamely detailed research of the first succesfull color photographs develloped by the brother's Lumière who also played an importand role, among many others, in the devellopment of projected moving images, the cinema.

The autochrome is often referred to as the most beautiful color proces to date du to his wonderfull pointillistic & picturalistic appearenance. The latter can easily be seen in the wonderfull reproductions of the book, as well on de autochrome page devoted to the collection of Florent van Hoof.

l' Autochrome Lumière ... is published by and can be ordered from Les Editions du Cths in Paris. By the same author, the Cths also published the subsequent title '(re)Connaitre et Conserver les Photographies Anciennes' which is a book similar in scope as the VTP.

'(re)Connaitre ...' is also available in English publisched by The Getty as 'Photographs of the Past, Process and Preservation'.
Visit the Early Processes page on Early Visual Media.

 
 

 
 
A third recent and invaluable source, rich of information featuring many visual, historical, technical & scientific know-how on a myriad of vintage photographical techniques, both available in English and French.

Photographs of the Past, Process and Preservation
(re)Connaitre et Conserver les Photographies Anciennes
 
By Bertrand Lavédrine

By Bertrand Lavédrine
.
 

Photographs of the Past, Process and Preservation
(re)Connaitre et Conserver les Photographies Anciennes

Although less impressive when we compare the physical size of this book with the VTP, the content is equaly interesting and important. Instead of buying one, the better choice is to acquire them both. The book is similar in scope and also full of useful illustrations for determination of vintage photographs.

This volume provides a comprehensive introduction to the practice of photograph preservation, bringing together more information on photographic processes than any other single source.

(re)Connaitre is published by and can be ordered from Les Editions du Cths in Paris. By the same author, the Cths also published the subsequent title,
'Autochrome Lumière - Secrets d' ateliers et défis industriels'.

English version by 'The Getty' as 'Photographs of the Past, Process and Preservation'.
Available at bookstores or through Getty Publications. In the UK & Europe distributed by Orca Book Services.
Visit the Early Processes page on Early Visual Media.
 

 
 
 
Fotografisch Geheugen
By Herman Maes.
 
No. 62 March 2009    


The March 2009 issue of 'Fotografisch Geheugen' (The Memory of Photography) is entirely devoted to the daguerreotype process. One article tells about the oldest photograph in the Netherlands, another contribution deals with the electrolytic cleaning of daguerreotypes since, (for decennia), a previous popular method, 'silver dip' is now rejected by the new generation of photo restorers due to the possible appearance of 'daguerrean measles' after treatment.

However, reason to communicate this 24 pages March issues of the magazine is the long-awaited announcement of the daguerreobase, an initiative of Hans de Herder & Herman Maes, previous and current head of the photo-restoration department in the "Nederlands Fotomuseum'.

Quoting the Daguerrebase website "The Daguerreobase is an online application designed to contain detailed information about daguerreotypes. Members can view, edit and store records of individual daguerreotypes and establish relations to other records based on a wide range of characteristics. This includes collections, owners, creators, hallmarks, housing models, sizes, materials and free text descriptions"

This means that members, museums, researchers, individual collectors, etc, will be able to add detailed metadata together with images, of daguerreotypes in their collections to share their information worldwide.

The use of the daguerreobase is open to every serious individual working with the process, no matter amateur or professional. The added information is moderated. A most wonderful and appreciated new addition to the world of the first practical and commercialized photographical process.
Also know as 'The mirror with a memory'.
 
 

 
 
 
Sequences
Edited by Paul St. George.
 
Contemporary Chronophotography and Experimental Digital Art    

 (information from publisher)



Sequences
, Contemporary Chronophotography and Experimental Digital Art

This volume explores the proliferation of contemporary art that uses sequences of images to explore ideas of space, time, movement and duration. Etienne-Jules Marey, Eadweard Muybridge and other 'chronophotographers' first explored these ideas at the turn of the nineteenth century; since then chronophotography has been in the shadow of cinema, but now its emerging once again in post-cinema practices, digital art and new experimental photography.

At the beginning of the twenty-first century, artists have found that sequences offer new opportunities for exploring continuing issues regarding aesthetics that operate at the intersection of time and space.

The book contains a number of illustrated essays by international critics and theorists and discusses the work of a wide range of artists engaged in contemporary chronophotography. The introduction also uses insights from chronophotography to dispel the myth of persistence of vision.

The book can be ordered from Wallflower Press.

 
 

 
 
By Pamela Roberts
A Century of Colour Photography - From the Autochrome to Digital
 
 
(information from publisher) 
 
A Century of Colour Photography.


Since the Lumiére brothers made the autochrome process commercially available in June 1907, colour photography has proliferated in so many directions that we are saturated with it.

In this stunning large-format collection, Pamela Roberts has gathered together the finest examples of the art of colour photography, covering every major technical and artistic development in colour photography over the last 100 years.

'A Century of Colour Photography'. can be ordered directly from:
Andre Deutsch Ltd. (Carlton Publishing Group)
Click on cover for more information or to order this book.


Visit the Autochrome page on Early Visual Media.
Read more on the history and centenery of the Autochrome on the Institut Lumiére website.

Click to see the stunning Autochrome collection of Florent Van Hoof.
 
 

 
 
 
Brought To Light:
Jennifer Tucker, Tom Gunning, Maren Gröning.
 
Photography And The Invisible    

'Brought To Light - Photography And The Invisible'

Withouth doubt one of the most fascinating themes in early photography is the representation of scientific research. From a todays 'point of view', most of these images looks surprisingly modern even in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art where this exhibition is running.

(information from the exhibition web site)
Modern science and photography flowered simultaneously in the early 19th century, and photography was adopted as a scientific tool from the first years of its invention.

Over the course of the century, scientists captured previously hidden realms, making pictures using the microscope and the telescope and using photography to analyze motion, see into faraway galaxies, and look inside the human body.

Brought to Light includes examples of early scientific photography and invites you to imagine what pictures of the invisible might have meant at a time when the worlds revealed by contemporary technologies such as satellite imaging and PET scans were utterly unimaginable.

Click book-cover to visit the exhibition website.
The catalogue is nicely printed and displays a great lay-out.

Please order from Yale University Press or read more information.

Marey
 

 
 
 
Photography and Spirit
John Harvey.
 
 (information from publisher)    

'Photography and Spirit'.

Can film capture what our eyes can’t see? There are many examples, both historical and contemporary, of photographs of spirits or “ghosts”. These images alternately have been derided as hoaxes or, at the other extreme, held up as irrefutable proof of the otherworld. Photography and Spirit examines these mesmerizing images of phantoms, psychical emanations, and religious apparitions.

Drawing upon eighty images taken between 1860 and today, John Harvey explores spirit photography from the various perspectives of religion, science, and art. Some of the photographs he considers were taken by scientists, others by amateur and commercial photographers, and still others by robotic surveillance devices.

The diverse origins of the spirit photographs have inspired a multiplicity of interpretations and engendered, in some cases, high levels of skepticism. Harvey’s analysis probes the connections between the images, human imagination, and larger cultural traditions.

See some Ghosts on Early Visual Media.

Photography and Spirit transforms what are often fringe objects of kitsch into revelatory artifacts of cultural history, drawing from them thought-provoking insights into the historical connections between the material and spiritual worlds, representations of grief, and human cultures’ enduring fascination with the supernatural. Photo images of ethereal spirits render the border between what is real and what is fantastic indistinguishable. Photography and Spirit challenges our pre-conceived notions and offers an intriguing new perspective on the nature of photography. Click on cover for more detailed information or order this book from the publisher.
 
 

 
 
The Strange Case of William Mumler - Spirit Photographer
By louis Kaplan.
 
 (information from publisher)    

The Strange Case of William Mumler
The story of the birth of spirit photography and the controversy surrounding its discovery.

In the 1860s, William Mumler photographed ghosts, or so he claimed. Faint images of the dearly departed lurked in the background with the living, like his well-known photo of the recently assassinated Abraham Lincoln comforting Mary Todd.

The practice came to be known as spirit photography, and some believed Mumler was channeling the dead. Skeptics, however, called it a fraudulent trick on the gullible, taking advantage of the grieving at a time of suffering and loss. Mumler’s insistence that his work brought back the dead led to a sensational trial in 1869 that was the talk of the nation.

In The Strange Case of William Mumler, Spirit Photographer, Louis Kaplan brings together, for the first time, Mumler’s haunting images, his revealing memoir, and rich primary sources, including newspaper articles and P. T. Barnum’s famous indictment of Mumler in Humbugs of the World. Kaplan also contributes two extended essays, which offer a historical perspective of the Mumler phenomena and delve into the sociocultural and theoretical issues surrounding this vivid ghost story.

See some Ghosts on Early Visual Media.


Mumler’s case was an early example of investigative journalism intersecting with a criminal trial that, at its essence, set science against religion. The Strange Case of William Mumler, Spirit Photographer is the definitive resource for this unique and fascinating moment in American history and provides insights into today’s ghosts in the machine.

“This book is an important contribution to the growing literature on spirit photography and gives the reader an intimate insight into the world of the Spiritualists and the occult power of the photograph in the 1860s. An extremely valuable resource.” Martyn Jolly, author of Faces of the Living Dead: The Belief in Spirit Photography.
Click on cover for more detailed information or order this book from the publisher.

 
 

 
 
Faces of the Living Dead
By Martyn Jolly.
 
Ghosts, spiritualist mediums, séances, ectoplasm and auras    

Faces of the Living Dead

Faces of the Living Dead: The Belief in Spirit Photography, a new British Library publication by Martyn Jolly, examines the phenomenon of spirit photography that developed in the 1870s and is the first book of its kind to bring together the extensive collection of spirit photographs from the British Library's Barlow Collection.

Illustrated by works of the leading spirit photographers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including Ada Deane, William Hope, Frederick Hudson and Edward Wyllie
It also includes spirit photographs of one of spirit photography's most high-profile advocates, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes. The craze for photographing 'spirits' was rooted in the popularity of Spiritualism and psychic research that developed during the period from the 1860s to the 1930s.

The appearance of ghostly figures, spirit writing and ectoplasm in these portraits was considered by many as nothing short of miraculous. In 1874 the eminent chemist and physicist William Crookes used the galvanic light of electric lamps to photograph the beautiful figure of the spirit Katie King, which had supposedly been materialized by the young Hackney medium Florence Cook.

See some Ghosts on Early Visual Media.
Click on cover for information or order this book from the publisher.

 
 

 
THE PERFECT MEDIUM - PHOTOGRAPHY AND THE OCCULT

Ghost's in photography are both, an intriguing subject and natural phenomenon. After the exhibition, "Le Troisième œil, la photographie et l'occulte" in Paris this exhibition is currently running in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

"The Perfect Medium, Photography and the Occult" is accompanied by an intriguing lavishly illustrated catalogue showing many rare and early examples of ghost images. These spirit photographs became a most popular genre during the
19th. Century. Starting from the 1860s, photography was providing proof for the existence of the immaterial to the 'Believers'.

The exhibition and catalogue are divided into three main categories, photographs of Spirits, photographs of Fluids and photographs of Mediums. Several important historical 'Ghost cases' are explained in this publication which should be of interest to everybody with an interest in the history of photography in general. Even before the dawn of spiritism in photography, 'Ghost's' where a most common occurrence in early
19th. Century photographs. See: "The Ghost in the Stereoscope" on Early Visual Media.


Click covers and see the images

.Ghost's in Paris

Ghost's in New York

THE PERFECT MEDIUM
Photography and the Occult

LE TROISIÈME ŒIL
La photographie et l'occulte






Exhibition information

 
The Perfect Medium, Photography and the Occult can be ordered from THE MET STORE
See some Ghosts on Early Visual Media.
 
 
Beyond Photography
By Katie Hall and John Pickering.
 
Encounters with Orbs, Angels and mysterious light-forms!
 (information from publisher)
 

Beyond Photography.

John and Katie used to be sceptical (to put it mildly) about crop circles, angels, ghosts, fairies, UFOs and all other aspects of the paranormal.

But a few years ago, as they photographed the grounds of their new house, they started to find the most extraordinary images appearing on their prints. Though professional designers and photographers, they couldn't explain them.

They soon realised that their experience was not unique. Orbs have been appearing all over the world over the last few years. First dismissive, then intrigued, this is the fullest personal account in the world of one couple's experience of this new phenomenon. Documented by thousands of incredible photographs, their journey has led them inexorably to some extraordinary conclusions.

There are realities running parallel to ours. We are not the dominant life form on this planet. We share this world with a super non-human intelligence which interacts with human consciousness.
It is an intelligence that is empathic, symbiotic and multifaceted; they call it 'LIGHT-FORMS!' - and, if they are correct, it is right next to you, right now!

Click on cover for more information or to order this book.

 
 

 
 
Encyclopedia of twentieth-Century Photography
Edited by Lynne Warren..
 
Three Volume Set
   
Published by Routledge in 2006, the 'Encyclopedia of twentieth-Century Photography' has brought together many of the leading writers and researchers on twentieth-Century photography. Similar to the two volume Encyclopedia of Nineteenth-Century Photography the 3 volumes of the twentieth-Century set sets out to be the standard, definitive reference work on the subject for many years to come.
 
 

 
The Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Photography explores the vast international scope of twentieth-century photography and explains that history with a wide-ranging, interdisciplinary manner. This unique approach covers the aesthetic history of photography as an evolving art and documentary form, while also recognizing it as a developing technology and cultural force.

This Encyclopedia presents the important developments, movements, photographers, photographic institutions, and theoretical aspects of the field along with information about equipment, techniques, and practical applications of photography. To bring this history alive for the reader, the set is illustrated in black and white throughout, and each volume contains a color plate section. A useful glossary of terms is also included.

In 1719 pages, this three-volume encyclopedia presents thoroughly researched biographies of all the major and many of the minor figures of twentieth century photography.

The 'Encyclopedia of twentieth-Century Photography' can be ordered directly from Routledge.
Click on cover for more information or to order this book

Visit the Early Processes page on Early Visual Media. See also Routledge's Encyclopedia of Early Cinema
See also Routledge's Encyclopaedic 3 volume sets by Stephen Herbert on Pre-Cinema & Early Film & Television
 
 

 
The World in 1900 - A Colour Portrait
By Marc Walter & Sabine Arqué.
 
     
A Pictorial Homage to the Photochrom and the depiction of the world in colour round 1900.

This lavishly illustrated picture book is about 'Coulor' photographs before
Colour Photography. True colour photography recently celebrated it's centenary on the occasion of the birth of the Autochrome, now more than 100 years ago.

Photography however aimed from his very beginning round 1839 the ambition to reproduce 'true colour' as can be seen in hand-colored daguerreotypes, albumin prints, etc.

'The World in 1900' is a unique book since it focus on a less known and less documented photomechanical & lithographic based process invented by Orell Füssly in Zurich, Switzerland.

The true nature of this Photochrom process was lithographic, starting from one black & white negative and printed in colour with 6 to 15 different stones, one litho-stone for each colour.

An exact system for 'registering' this complex multi-colour printing technique was worked out by Hans Jacob Schmid. (1856 - 1924)
See another book on colored black & white photographs.
See a Photochrom collection online.
Click on cover for more information or to order this book
.

The book mainly is a representative collection of more than 300 Photochrom views with a short introduction and history about the invention of the process which introduced colour, artificially, in photographs before the Autochrome introduced 'true colour'. Further reading on the Photochrom process can be found in the recently published
'Encyclopedia of Nineteenth-Century Photography'.
The Photochrom process was widely distributed as large format prints of towns and other topographical places. Although a printing technique, based on a photographic negative, the Photochrom produced almost 'natural colour photographs' and was successfully used for the production of colorful postcards. This book is about the Swiss Photochrom (sic) process which is different from the French Photochrome (with an 'e' at the end) process. The latter French Photochrome or Photochromy, mostly printed by the Woodbury process, never came close to the imitation of 'true natural colours' as seen in this 'must have' book.

'The World in 1900 - A Colour Portrait
' can be ordered via the publisher Thames & Hudson.
 
 

 
 
Encyclopedia of Nineteenth-Century Photography
Edited by John Hannavy..
 
Two Volume Set    
Encyclopedia of Nineteenth-Century Photography.

Published by Routledge in August 2007, this worldwide project has brought together most of the leading writers and researchers on photographic history.

The Encyclopedia is the most comprehensive and international account of photography before 1900 and sets out to be the standard, definitive reference work on the subject for many years to come.

In 1736 pages, this two-volume encyclopedia presents thoroughly researched biographies of all the major and many of the minor figures of nineteenth century photography.

Coverage includes all the key people, processes, equipment, movements, styles, debates and groupings. For easy access, the Encyclopedia contains both alphabetical and thematic tables of contents.

The 'Encyclopedia of Nineteenth-Century Photography' can be ordered directly from Routledge.
Visit the website of the editor, John Hannavy, for information on the Encyclopedia and other books. Also available from Routledge is the Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century photography. Click on cover for more information or to order this book.

Visit the Early Processes page on Early Visual Media.
See also Routledge's Encyclopaedic 3 volume sets by Stephen Herbert on Pre-Cinema & Early Film & Television
See also Routledge's Encyclopedia of Early Cinema
 
 

 
 
 
The Haunted Gallery - Painting, Photography, Film c. 1900
By Lynda Nead.
 
     
The Haunted Gallery.

The dawn of cinema dramatically changed our visual culture.

'The Haunted Gallery' is a fascinating and well illustrated book showing the influences of the young medium, Moving Pictures, in relation to Painting, Photography, Magic Lantern pictures, Astronomy and Stage Magic at the 'hing point' of the 19th. & 20th. Centuries.

This groundbreaking book explores the history of Visual Media in Britain during this key period that witnessed a transformation from stasis to movement across the entire range of Visual Media.

For this as it may, this book should become one of the inavitable reference sources for all 'vintage and today's' media history enthusiasts.
Click on cover for more information or to order this book.

'The Haunted Gallery' (291 pages) can be ordered directly from: Yale University Press.

See also Routledge's Encyclopedia of Early Cinema
 
 

 
 
 
Eduard Spelterini - Photographs of a Pioneer Balloonist
Edited by Thomas Kramer & Hilar Stadler.
 
(information from publisher)    
Eduard Spelterini - Photographs of a Pioneer Balloonist.

Known as the “King of the Air”, the Swiss balloonist Eduard Spelterini (1852-1931) enchanted the imaginations of European royalty, military generals, wealthy patrons, and the public alike.

During the course of his storied aviation career, Spelterini flew his balloons over the Swiss Alps, across the Egyptian pyramids, and past the ziggurats of the Middle East, taking breathtaking photographs of landscapes and cities from the sky.

'Eduard Spelterini - Photographs of A Pioneer Balloonist' is the first book to present these images of his journeys, reproduced directly from the artist’s original glass negatives.

'Eduard Spelterini - Photographs of a Pioneer Balloonist' can be ordered directly from:
Scheidegger & Spiess.
 
On Spelterini’s first ballooning ventures, he ferried aristocrats between Vienna, Bucharest, Athens, and other European capitals, on flights that became so famous that they were soon jam-packed with an international press corps looking for the next sensational story. Later in his life, Spelterini was the first aeronaut to undertake the hazardous passage over the Swiss Alps, a trip once thought impossible.

Eventually, he decided to bring his camera on every voyage in order to document the full panorama of international vistas he encountered. Contextualized by essays that explore both Spelterini’s life and his photographic work, the photographs featured in this volume capture the heady mix of danger and discovery that defined the early years of international air travel when balloons ruled the skies.
Click on cover for more information or to order this book.
 
 

 
 
 
Women's Albums and Photography in Victorian England
By Patrizia Di Bello.
 
(information from publisher)    
Women's Albums and Photography in Victorian England.

This beautifully illustrated study recaptures the rich history of women photographers and image collectors in nineteenth-century England. Situating the practice of collecting, exchanging and displaying photographs and other images in the context of feminine sociability, Patrizia Di Bello shows that albums express Victorian women's experience of modernity.

The albums of individual women, and the broader feminine culture of collecting and displaying imagesare examined, uncovering the cross-references and fertilizations between women's albums and illustrated periodicals, and demonstrating the way albums and photography, itself, were represented in women's magazines, fashion plates, and popular novels.

Bringing a sophisticated eye to overlooked images such as the family photograph, Di Bello not only illustrates their significance as historical documents but elucidates the visual rhetorics at play.

'Women's Albums and Photography in Victorian England' can be ordered directly from: Ashgate. Click on cover for more information or to order this book.

Read a PDF file with the full content list of the book.
 
In doing so, she identifies the connections between Victorian album-making and the work of modern-day amateurs and artists who use digital techniques to compile and decorate albums with Victorian-style borders and patterns.
At a time when photographic album-making is being re-vitalised by digital technologies, this book rewrites the history of photographic albums, placing the female collector at its centre and offering an alternative history of photography focused on its uses rather than on its aesthetic or artistic considerations. It is remarkable in elegantly connecting the history of photography with the fields of material culture and women's studies.
 
 

 
 
Fashionable Mourning Jewelry, Clothing & Costums
by Mary Brett.
 
     
Although this book is not written with the collector of historical photographs in mind, 'Fashionable Mourning Jewelry, Clothing & Customs' is of major interest for the historian working on Post-Mortem photography practice.

Similar to Mourning Art & Jewelry, the current title offers a wide and well illustrated overview of mourning photographs and accessories.
Most of the described mourning artifacts dates from the
19th. Century; jewelry, lithographs, ephemera, and many representative illustrations of Post-Mortem daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, tintypes, carte-de-visite, etc.

Post-Mortem photography was common practice in the
19th. Century and unfortunately often wrongly understood today. Early death frequently occurred in families which results in thousands Post-Mortem images depicting children.

'Fashionable Mourning Jewelry, Clothing & Customs' is available from Bushwood Books. P&P free within the UK.
Click cover for detailed description or order the book by e-mail from info@bushwoodbooks.co.uk. Click cover to visit the Schiffer book page

See also Postmortem photographs on Visual Media
 
 

 
 
 
Impressed By Light: British Photographs from Paper Negatives. (1840-1860)
by Roger Taylor.

 
 

'Impressed By Light' is an highly valuable exhibition catalogue on the Art of the Calotype.

The book reproduces more than 120 photographs printed from paper negatives, or calotypes, many of them never published before.

Besides the plates, 10 well researched chapters unveil the history and development of the calotype or Talbotype as named after his inventor, William Henry Fox Talbot.

Of invaluable importance is the addition of a biographical dictionary featuring more than 500 British calotypists.

'Impressed By Light' (438 pages) can be ordered directly from: Yale University Press

Visit the Early Processes page on Early Visual Media.
Click on cover for more information or to order this book.

 
 

 
 
 
Forget Me Not - Photography & Remembrance
by Geoffrey Batchen.
 
     
Forget Me Not - Photography & Remembrance

This highly interesting book... "focuses on the relationship between photography and memory. Since its invention, photography has always been inextricably tied up with remembrance: photographs recall family, beloved friends, special moments, trips and other events, speaking across time and place to create an emotional bond between subject and viewer." (see cover sleeve)

Geoffrey Batchen's book is an intriguing spellbinding publication featuring eighty objects embellished with photographs and other decorative accessories.

The book offers an alternative well written view on our photographical past.
It illustrate images as objects carefully cherished by now since long gone-by owners of these wonderful images ameliorated with personal belongings.

Additions that personalize a photographic image seems to fascinate the author. The book goes further than narrating a less known history. Its about people and their beloved friends and moments.

A rare publication about the true value of photographical images to be cherished by future generations.

Don't' forget to order this jewel from Papress, available in hard or soft cover.
 
 
 

 
 
 
The Origins of American Photography / 1839 - 1885
by Keith F. Davis.
 
From Daguerreotype To Dry - Plate
   

An exceptional 'key reference' book for the formative years till the era of the dry - plate in America. Author Keith F. Davis demonstrates various key themes and genres in early American photography, placed in a sociological / historical context.

The various chapters offer new essential reading on photography and his first processes, daguerreotypes, calotypes, ambrotypes, albumin, collodion, ... etc.

In addition to the academic value of the chapters in this new publication, available from 1 november 2007, the book is richly illustrated with more than 600 images in tritone and four-colour.

All photographs are from the 'Hallmark Photographic Collection' at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Both,text and images will confront the reader with 'The Face of a Nation' seen through a new medium, started with 'The mirror with a memory' or daguerreotype.

The Origins of American Photography (360 pages) can be ordered directly from: Yale University Press
Click on cover for more information or to order this book.

Visit the Early Processes page on Early Visual Media.

 
 

 
 
Jacques Henri Lartigue - Hidden Depths
by William Hibbert.
 
     
Zissou as a ghost ©2007 Design for Life Ltd | Lartigue Photographs © Ministere de la Culture – France/AAJHL
© 2007 Design for Life Ltd | Lartigue Photographs
© Ministere de la Culture -France/AAJHL
Jacques Henri Lartigue - Hidden Depths.

Is a wonderful limited edition offering 100 stereo photographs by Jacques Henri Lartigue including a compatible stereo viewer in translucent polypropylene.

Perhaps due to their popularity and reproductions in books as single images, few people know that Lartigue took most of his famous images with a stereo camera.

The current publication succeeds to correct the general view as single images into their true appearance as glass stereo-pairs. According to Lartigue, the experience of depth was of utmost importance in his family images.

All stereo pairs are printed in the original standard glass size on square loose-leafs. Each photo card offers a personal quotation by Lartigue above the image and a commentary by the author of the publication on the back of the card.

The prismatic lenses and translucent viewer offer a shadowless and excellent quality 3-D experience.
Click cover to open the Design for Life information page on 'Hidden Depths'
A box, also in polypropylene, hold the cards together with an additional small booklet featuring a short but most informative biography of Lartigue, explaining the importance of stereo photography in his oeuvre. 'Hidden Depths' can be ordered directly from: Design for Life
Click cover to open the Design for Life information page on 'Hidden Depths' ISBN Number: 0-9546788-0-X. With thanks to the author for providing a review copy of Hidden Depths. Read an interview with the author of Hidden Depths in English or French.
 

 
 
 
Odalisques & Arabesques. Orientalist Photography 1839 - 1925
by Ken Jacobson.
 
     
Odalisques & Arabesques. (information from publisher)

Profusely illustrated, this is the most comprehensive survey to date of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century photography of the Middle East and North Africa.

Using Orientalist painting as a counterpoint, it primarily relates the extraordinarily rich visual documentation of the peoples and cultures of the ‘Orient’.
Many of the photographs reproduced here have never been published before.

Biographies of more than 90 photographers are given, with details of their various identifying marks, allowing now the correct attribution of works that have hitherto been anonymous or misattributed.

'Odalisques & Arabesques' can be ordered directly from:
rarebooks@quaritch.com
ISBN: 978-0-9550852-5-3
Click cover to open the publishers's bookpage.
More info on Ken Jacobson.
Visit the Bonfils page on Early Visual Media.
 
 

 
 
Kunst und Magie der Daguerreotypie
by René Perret.
 
     

Kunst und Magie der Daguerreotypie.

This lavishly illustrated book documents the early history of Swiss photography through the collection of W. T. Bosshard.
Besides well researched information on the Swiss daguerreotype the book also describes the technical and chemical trivia on this first photographical process.

Many of the daguerreotypes are published here for the first time, unfortunately with a highly glossy superfluous varnish on the images to resemble more closely the real 'look' of the process. The typical 'mirror-like' aspect of a daguerreotype can never be reproduced in a book but is only seen in an original sample.

'Kunst und Magie der Daguerreotypie' was published to accompany the exhibition:
'Lichtspuren - Daguerreotypien aus Schweizer Sammlungen 1840 bis 1860'.

For European orders please contact daguerreotype@bluewin.ch.
Hardcover - 248 pages, 230 color illustrations. Price is € 48 or $ 65.

Click cover for more information by the publisher 'Carl Mautz Publishing'.

Non European orders please contact cmautz@carlmautz.com.

Visit the Early Processes page on Early Visual Media.

 
 

 
 
E. J. Marey
by Sous la direction de Dominique de Font-Réaulx,.
 
Actes du colloque du centenaire
Thierry Lefebvre et Laurent Mannoni.
 


E. J. Marey.
Actes du colloque du centenaire

In 2004, the centenary of the death of E. J. Marey was celebrated (1830 - 1904).
Marey was the inventor of 'La méthode Graphique, Chronophotography and and keyfigure in the cinema pioneer era.

The text of the 2004 colloquium «Étienne-Jules Marey et le Film Scientifique», is now available in a new key reference book 'E. J. Marey.
Actes du colloque du centenaire'
In addition, the book is accompanied by an an unprecedented chronopictorial reference source featuring a DVD with 400 early films.

More information on this well illustrated book can be read on the Cinémathèque's Colloque Marey page.
The book is available in the Cinémathèque' s bookshop or can be ordered directly from the publisher ARCADIA.

400 chronophotographical films from the period 1890 - 1904, preserved by the Cinémathèque Française, are now available to the public for the first time.

Both, book & DVD, make a fascinating reference and should be available in all filmlibraries and private film bookshelves of the avid pre-cinema & cinema collector, historian or researcher.
See also Routledge's Encyclopedia of Early Cinema


 
 
 
Stanhopes - A Closer View
by Jean Scott.
 
     
Stanhopes - A Closer View.

This historical and highly informative book offers a 'Closer View' on the production and images of Stanhope artifacts. The text clearly demonstrate a well researched study of these intriguing microphotographic novelties.

The publication is well illustrated in color depicting both the artifacts, their images insides and additional ephemera documents related to Stanhope production.
The book is written in English but provide a French summary interwoven in the respective chapters.

'Stanhopes - A Closer View' refers to two smaller previous publications on the subject by Douglas Jull which are also a thingummy for the collector of Stanhope utensils.

The book demonstrates the huge variety of objects in which Stanhope lenses and images can be found. In addition, a bibliography and list of distributors & retailers of Stanhopes concludes this monograph on a less known side field in photo history.

'Stanhopes - A Closer View' can be ordered directly from the author Mrs. Jean Scott. Click book cover to visit the accompanying website by the author.
 
 

 
 
Peep-Machine Pin-Ups / 1940s - 1950s Mutoscope Art
by Don Preziosi & Tina Skinner.
 
     
Peep-Machine Pin-Ups / 1940s - 1950s Mutoscope Art.

Machines called Mutoscopes offered quick shows for a penny from 1895 until as late as the 1970s, flipping cards to create the impression of a "moving picture." Associated with amusement piers and parks, and men's restrooms, these machines were notorious as proprietors of cheap peeps.

During the 1940s, the International Mutoscope Reel Company began to manufacture coin-operated vending machines that served up 5-1/4" x 3-1/4"cards for collectors, usually of "pin-up" material. These cards are widely collected today, and a wonderful source of inspiring low-brow artwork.

This comprehensive collection of more than 250 images includes work by noted artists Zoe Mozert, Earl Moran, and Gil Elvgren, among many other signed and unsigned, talented portrayors of the female form. A value guide will assist collectors. (Text from Shiffer Books website)

'Peep-Machine Pin-Ups / 1940s - 1950s Mutoscope Art' is available from Bushwood Books. P&P free within the UK.
Click cover for detailed description or order the book by e-mail from info@bushwoodbooks.co.uk. Click cover to visit the Schiffer book page
 
 

 
 
 
Card Photo Price Guide for the collector  
by Lou W. McCulloch.
 
Card Photographs
A Guide to their History and Value




This well illustrated book acts as a price guide for the collector of Card photographs. Carte-de-Visite, Cabinet cards & Stereo-photographs.

This book is older than the
Photographic Cases (see above) in the same series which explanes that most images are illustrated in black & white.

''
Card Photographs: A Guide to their History and Value' is available from Bushwood Books. P&P free within the UK.
 
 

 
 
 
Good Photo Ephemera Price Guide for the serious collector of Photographic Cases  
by Adele Kenny.
Photographic Cases: Victorian Design Sources * 1840 - 1870


This lavishly illustrated book acts as a price guide for the collector of Photographic Cases. The book offers a wide overview of cases designed to hold daguerreotypes, Ambrotypes, Tintypes and Carte-de-Visite photographs.

This book mainly focus on the design, decoration & style of the cases but also illustrated some of the beautiful images housed in these precious little boxes.

This reference book additionally features information on case makers, die engraving, etc. Both the embellished wooden cases and Thermoplastic 'Union' cases are colorful illustrated by 460 images. Click cover for detailed book description.

Obviously, reference is made to two earlier major case studies, Krainik's 'Union Cases, a collectors guide to the Art of America's first plastics' (1988) & Berg's 'Nineteenth Century Photographic cases and Wall Frames'. (1995)

''Photographic Cases: Victorian Design Sources' is available from Bushwood Books.
Click here to see some sample pages. P&P free within the UK.
Click cover for detailed description or order the book by e-mail from info@bushwoodbooks.co.uk.
 

Photo cases are most valuable ephemera in the field of presentation of historical images. For this, the book offers an invaluable image source to any case collector, often together with their original historical image inside.
Since many of the illustrations depict wonderful photo cases this price guide is a strong addition to accompany the mentioned Krainik & Berg titles together with John Hannavy's 'Case Histories: The Presentation of the Victorian Photographic Portrait'
The latter gives a very good historical overview and without doubt the best lay-out and reproduction quality.
 

 
 
Collecting Picture and Photo Frames
  by Stuart Schneider  


This lavishly illustrated book acts as a price guide for the collector of
Picture and Photo Frames. The book offers a wide overview of mostly small sized frames.
Many frames are depicted with an image inside, unfortunately not always with with the original content.

Besides a 'History of Frames' the publication offers chapters on 'Furniture and Art styles in relation to frames', - 'The Table Top Frame', - 'Wooden Picture Frame Terminology', - 'Table Top Terminology', - 'Photographic Terminology', - 'Dating of Frames', - 'Frame Care and Repair', - 'Frame Collecting', - 'Valuing Frames', - 'Wall Frames'.

''Collecting Picture and Photo Frames' is available from Bushwood Books.
P&P free within the UK.
Click cover for detailed description or order the book by e-mail from info@bushwoodbooks.co.uk.

The Art of framing is often overlooked and / or separated from the original content of the frame. For this, the book offers an invaluable image source to any frame collector no matter the kind of images embellished by this art form.

Since many of the illustrations depict photo frames this price guide is a strong addition to any library of the private collector. Click here to see some sample pages.

 
 
 

 
 
Case Histories: by John Hannavy.
The Presentation of the Victorian Photographic Portrait


This new book is an important pictorial source for the presentation of the
Victorian Photographic Portrait. Besides unseen images from the author's collection the book gives detailed information on how these victorian photo cases and frames where made.

Rare trivia such as 'The Thermoplastic Case and the Art of the Die-Maker' are representative for this richly illustrated volume.
The book offers rare information on manufactures and resellers of the presentation materials to amiliorate the precious look of these early images.

All cases, daguerreotypes, Ambrotypes and Carte-de-Visite photographs are illustrated in full color making this book into a thingummy for the collector of the earliest photographical portraits.
Order the book from The Antique Collectors Club
Click on cover for detailed information
 
 
 

 
 
Il Fascino Discreto delle Stereoscopia
The Subtle Charm of Stereoscopy
Il Fascino Discreto delle Stereoscopia:
Venezia e altre suggestive immagini in 3D

Both in Italian & English, Prof. Carlo Alberto Minici Zotti (University of Padova) introduce a short but most informative history of the Stereoscope & Stereoimage.

This book displays a selection of different types of stereoviewers as well as the rare 'Megaletoscopio Privilegiato'' by the Venitioan Carlo Ponti.

This apparatus is designed to look at the photographical version of the peepshow image and create in comparison to the stereoscope a three dimensional illusion combined with day & night effects.

The majority of illustrations depicts a 'great' sellection of Venetian topographical views. Further the exhibition catalogue offers a good overview of many genres found in stereo-photographs world wide.
 

The book ends with the View-Master, unlike the preceding stereoscope, a device well known to the general public. By this as it may, this publication is an important source to introduce the historical stereoscope and images both to the general public and enthusiast collector.
All illustrations are from the collection of Laura Minici Zotti, which is now on public display in the Museo del PreCinema, Padua. (Italy)
 
 

 
 
 
Postmortem Collectibles by C. L. Miller.

Unlike the subsequent title, 'Postmortem Collectibles' focuses additionally on merchandise related to the professional world of mortuary science.

The tradition of photographing the death is illustrated by both,
19th. Century images and more recent examples. This book is a valuable source for the collector since it provide information on mourning etiquette, mortuary science and the history of embalming.

The latter was an important act preceding the arrival of the photographer to make an image of the deceased, often described as The Last Look. Beside striking postmortem images, this book offers images depicting historical scientific instruments & ingredients related to this occupation.
 

'Postmortem Collectibles' is dealing with past & present in postmortem practice.
The publication is available from Bushwood Books, P&P free within the UK. Click cover for detailed description or order the book from info@bushwoodbooks.co.uk. See also Postmortem photographs on Early Visual Media.
 
 

Intended to be intriguing but not morbid, two books, above and below
 
 
Mourning Art & Jewelry by Maureen Delorme.

Is written for the serious collector of Mourning Arts. The book offers a wide and well illustrated overview of mourning accessories. It starts with an historical background on how people 'cope with death', from medieval Europe till 'The Death of Mourning'.

This is seen in the famous 'La Grande Danse Macabre des Hommes et de Femmes' by Jehan Lecocq, based on the The Dance of Death in the now lost Cemetery of the Innocents in Paris. (Painted from 1424 to 1425)

The majority of the described mourning accessories dates from the
19th. Century; jewelry, mortuary paintings, hair-works, embroidery, lithographs, pottery, glass, paper ephemera, etc.

All aspects of this mourning traditions are obviously equally interesting. For this, the book also offers an important chapter on Postmortem photographs, a largely researched subject among photo historians.

Postmortem photography was common practice in the
19th. Century and unfortunately often wrongly understood today. Therefore often wrongly labeled as being morbid. Early death frequently occurred in families which result in thousands postmortem images depicting children.
 

Mourning Art & Jewelry
helps to revive the respect for this important and "beautiful" tradition carefully cherished by parents, brothers & sisters. Today, these photographs and other ephemera are carefully preserved for the future by collectors and historians who understand the importance of these memorial memories.
'Mourning Art & Jewelry' is available from Bushwood Books, P&P free within the UK. Click cover for detailed description or order the book from info@bushwoodbooks.co.uk.
 
 

 
 
 
Paris in 3D
From Stereoscopy to Virtual Reality / 1850 - 2000

Edited by Françoise Reynaud, Catherine Tambrun and Kim Timby

This exhibition catalogue is a most indispensable publication for every 3D collector since it features nearly every aspect of stereoscopic viewing.
The profound history on stereoscopy and his myriad on techniques is the 'trump' of this richly illustrated source.

Besides the well known stereo images the book provide in depth information on less known three dimensional imaging techniques, from the photosculpture to holography.

The book comes with three types of stereo viewers, anaglyph and polarization glasses + a handheld viewer for stereo cards.

The originally French catalogue is also available in an English version from Amazon.com.

In association with the Musée Carnavalet (Museums of the History of Paris)
See also a page on Stereoscopes on Early Visual Media.
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
Collection M.+M. Auer
une histoire de la photographie

Introduction by André Jammes

This giant exhibition catalogue (586 pages) features the collection of
Michelle & Michèle Auer.

This publication is unique since it lavishly illustrate on nearly every page in full color. Most interesting is the relation between the photographs and the temporary photo camera's.

Both text and images are a valuable source for nearly every photo collector's library.

This is a private publication,
information to order will be provided as soon as possible.
 
 

 
 
Stereoscopes: The First One Hundred Years
Paul Wing

Illustrated books solely devoted to the history of stereoscope viewers are extremely rare. Perhaps to best historical text reference is "
Stereoscopes, the first one hundred years" by Paul Wing.

The reproductions however are in black & white and therefore unable to unveil the beauty of most stereoscopes, often due to the different kinds of wood being used.

No matter the latter minor drawback, to my knowledge this book is the most complete reference source until today. It also reproduce a lot of stereoscope patents.
A treasure for every real stereoscope enthusiast.

Besides stereo viewers and patents, the book also reproduces several pages of catalogues by resellers of the stereo apparatus.

This important reference has a wide geographical focus and features stereoscopes from the U.S.A. & Europe. The book offers very few reproductions of stereo images but those depicted often show the stereoscope itself as a subject.

Click cover for more information.
See also a page on Stereoscopes on Early Visual Media
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
Cinema Before Cinema: The Origins Of Scientific Cinematography
Virgilio Tosi

'Cinema Before Cinema' is one of the most useful sources I ever came across. The book argues that cinema began before the public screening of the Cinématographe Lumière on 28 December 1895.

The reel origins of cinema can be found in the work of early scientific experimenters such as Etienne-Jules Marey, Georges Demeney, Jules Janssen, Albert Londe, Ottomar Anschütz, Eadweard Muybridge, etc.

Originally this book was published in the Italian language (1984), 'Il Cinema prima di Lumière'. Initially accompanied with a video documentary, the current English translation is accompanied by a DVD documentary. (Although you need to order them separately)

In addition to the original '84 version, the translation is enriched with new research and insights.

'Cinema Before Cinema' is published by the British Universities Film & Video Council
Click cover for more information.
See also Routledge's Encyclopedia of Early Cinema
 
 

 
 
Eadweard Muybridge: The Kingston Museum Bequest

For those fascinated by Edward Muybridge's influential sequence photography, Stephen Herbert, (The Projection Box), published a well illustrated book on the Kingston Museum Bequest. Click cover for more information on the authors.

The publication details Muybridge donation and bequest to the Royal Borough of Kingston. More than 200 illustrations accompany the most informative text.

These include Muybridge rarely seen Magic Lantern slides used in his lectures, animated silhouettes and colored drawings. Many illustrations are previously unpublished.
The book also illustrate Muybridge Zoopraxiscope and his biunial lantern. Click cover for more information.

Order the book from Stephen Herbert
Visit Stephen's personal website for all kinds of trivia
 
 

 
 
Early Visual Media goes Modern
- From heavily manipulated photographs to Heavenly Children Portraits -
.Loretta Lux  
An Aperture Publication.
.Imaginary Portraits
 
Essay by Francine Prose.
     
 
Uncanny but Charming Children Portraits by Loretta Lux

This first monograph on German photographer Loretta Lux (1969) offers some of today's most alienated Children portraits. In spite of the heavily manipulated images, Loretta Lux creates a dreamlike world of both wonderful and eerie children, inspired by historical portraiture.

Unlike traditional portrait photography, these modern 'fairies' emanate a painterly feeling in the tradition of the 'Old Masters'. Lux was trained as a painter in München and started to use the medium of photography in 1999, using her skills in an inventive new way.

The children are photographed in vintage clothing in front of a white background. Subsequently, Lux is placing here models in front of a carefully chosen backdrop, one of her own paintings or a photograph taken while traveling through Europe.

The Museum of Photography in Den Haag (The Netherlands) currently offers a solo exhibition featuring the full 'oeuvre' of this still growing mysterious world of 'The Photoshop Children' where past and present are smoothly blend with each other.
Exhibition runs from 11-02-'06 till 28-05-'06. The book is available in the museum shop.

The book, 'Loretta Lux', with an introduction essay by Francine Prose, can be ordered directly from the publisher, Aperture. Click on cover to visit Loretta's personal website and admire more of her intriguing photo-paintings bewitched into 'Imaginary Children'.
     
     
More contemporary photography on Early Visual Media  
Coming: Loretta Lux in Yossi Milo Gallery - New York - May 11 to June 17 2006 /.../ The Past
 

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Early Visual Media' for conditions to announce an academic or peer-rewiewed journal online. Send inquiry for reviews to thomas@visual-media.be.

Relevant subject matter are:
pre-cinema - time based media - optical toys - early photography - nitrate film - early film - mechanical television - conjuring arts - illusions - apparitions - spiritism - dance of death - physique amusante - optical scientific instruments - fairground - theatrum mundi - circus - popular visual arts - cabaret & vaudeville - street performers - vintage erotica -
extraordinary productions, events and occurrences - etc.

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