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Leuchtender Stein
By KH. W. Steckelings.
 
Die Geschichte Der Lithophanie Vom 18. Bis Ins 20. Jahrhundert  
 

Leuchtender Stein,

An extremely lavishly illustrated book on lithophanes, a popular Victorian 19th. century European art form or wonllurfully transparent KITSCH in Biscuit/porcelain. This is the most complete study on the art of the lithophane and include manufacturers from the early beginnings until today.

Lithophanes are important translucent collectibles and appear in various forms such as tea warmers, plaques, vases, night lights, lampshades, table screens, fireplace screens, miniatures, steins, cups, mugs, plates, matchboxes, candle shields, etc.

To enjoy these curious objects It's absolutely necessary to appreciate a certain level of kitsch but the details seen in these white, sometimes colored, Victorian ceramics are stunning. The thickness of the porcelain creates the gray shades.

Published by Sandstein Verlag.
See also 'Lithophanes' by Margaret Carney.

 
 

 
 
Chapeau - De geheime goochelgeschiedenis van België
By Christ en Kobe Van Herwegen.
 
Chapeau - The secret history of conjuring arts in Belgium
   

A wonderful book on the conjuring arts in Belgium, accompanying a small but 'great' exhibition in the 'Huis Van Alijn', Folk Art Museum in Ghent.

This exhibition catalogue (only available in Dutch) unveils the secret history of magic and magicians performing in Belgium. This publication is the first easy accessible overview on the conjuring arts in this country. The book is richly illustrated and full of interesting anecdotes on various performing magicians.

One of the earliest (optical) trickery effects is referring to Robertson and his famous Fantasmagoria.
A wonderful extra tool of the book is an index of Belgian conjurors.

This is a great source on the history of magic in general which is focusing on Belgium, a small but important country for this intriguing performing art form.
Unfortunately the historical texts and anecdotes lacks the use of annotated references which is the only disadvantage of this otherwise great and important publication in the field of stage magic.
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See 5 more books on the 'History of Magic' in English and German language: Houdini, Magic, Zauberkunste, Rare Kunste, Houdini speaks out. And an extraordinary book by the greatest 'sleight of hand' Illusionists, Ricky Jay.

See more Magic curiosity related ephemera on 'Early Visual Media'.

 
 

 
 


The Book of Miracles


By Till-Holger Borchert & Joshua P. Waterman.
 
 

Miracle

The Book of Miracles.
Fantastic imaginary round the 1
8th. & 19th. century is one of the Visual Media website main focuses. Depicting wonder, marvels, the supernatural and horror throughout the history of visual media entertainment is literally a haunting theme.

No matter Death Dance, Fantasmagoria, Pepper's Ghost, Diableries, ghostly photographs, Hieronymus Bosch,
men has a pleasurable relation with fear. This paradox of fear: 'I'm afraid, therefore I enjoy' partly explains the popularity of horror in film or other visual depictions (even in literature) of 'the fantastic'.

The same is true for the frightening 1
6th. century illustrations in a recently discovered Renaissance manuscript reproduced in facsimile by Taschen under the title 'The Book of Miracles'.

Part of the images are based on horrific events described in the old Testament. The quality and imagination of these images is superb. Published for the first time by Taschen. The manuscript starts depicting miracles in Old Testament times and continue to illustrate miraculous events from Antiquity, Middle and late Middle Ages right up to the middle of the 1
6th. century.

Regarding such an early and rich visual information source of 'the fantastic' it is no wonder we see a myriad of frightening themes in early visual media techniques (e.g. The Lantern of Fear), forerunners of today's modern and popular media. 'I'm afraid, therefore I enjoy' the history of entertaining technical media characterized by often miraculous subjects. 'He who does not honour the (often frightening) past is not worthy of the present' is also a true statement in media archaeology.
 
 

 
 
Hieronymus Bosch
By Stefan Fischer.
 
The complete works
 

Hieronymus Bosch

(Information from the publisher)

In the midst of the realist-leaning artistic climate of the Late Gothic and Early Renaissance, Netherlandish painter Hieronymus Bosch (c. 1450–1516) was more than an anomaly. Bosch’s paintings are populated with grotesque scenes of fantastical creatures succumbing to all manner of human desire, fantasy, and angst.

One of his greatest inventions was to take the figural and scenic representations known as drolleries, which use the monstrous and the grotesque to illustrate sin and evil, and to transfer them from the marginalia of illuminated manuscripts into large-format panel paintings. Alongside traditional hybrids of man and beast, such as centaurs, and mythological creatures such as unicorns, devils, dragons, and griffins, we also encounter countless mixed creatures freely invented by the artist.

Many subsidiary scenes illustrate proverbs and figures of speech in common use in Bosch’s day. In his Temptation of St Anthony triptych, for example, the artist shows a messenger devil wearing ice skates, evoking the popular expression that the world was “skating on ice”-meaning it had gone astray. In his pictorial translation of proverbs, in particular, Bosch was very much an innovator.

Published by Taschen.

 
 

 
 
A History of Chromolithography
By Michael Twyman.
 
 

The book is the first since the process was in its heyday to offer a detailed account of how chromolithographs were made, tracing the evolution of this hand-drawn color-printing process from its tentative beginnings in Germany in the early nineteenth century to its spread from Europe to the United States and beyond. Drawing on a variety of sources - manuals, journals, correspondence, preparatory drawings, proofs, interviews with people in the trade, as well as the products themselves - the author provides fascinating insights into the methods and skills of the chromolithographer.

This is also the first book to consider chromolithography from a global standpoint. It gives particular attention to the movement of artists, printers, equipment, materials, products, and ideas across national boundaries, and contextualizes all this with respect to the development of the lithographic trade and its organization.

At one end of the market chromolithography met a voracious demand for color printing in everyday life; at the other, it was applied to work of real quality: illustrations (for science, art, architecture, and design), reproductions of famous and popular paintings, maps and atlases, facsimiles of manuscripts, book covers, posters, and high-end product catalogues. All are discussed in the context of other color processes and illustrated with examples drawn from a dozen or so countries.

Published by Oak Knoll Press and The British Library.
See also 'The Printed Picture'.

 
 

 
 
Houdini, Art and Magic
By Brooke Kamin Rapaport.
 
     

Houdini, Art and Magic

In 'Houdini: Art and Magic', essays on the artist’s life and work are accompanied by interviews with novelist E. L. Doctorow, magician Teller (of Penn and Teller), and contemporary artists including Raymond Pettibon and Matthew Barney, documenting Houdini’s evolution and influence from the late 1
9th. century to the present.

Beautifully illustrated with a range of visual material, including Houdini’s own diaries, iconic handcuffs, and straitjacket, alongside rare period posters, prints, and photographs, this book brings Houdini - both the myth and the man - back to life.

Though Houdini’s work has earned him a place in the cultural pantheon, the details of his personal life and public persona are subjects of equal fascination. His success was both cause for celebration in the Jewish community and testament to his powers of self-reinvention.

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See 5 more books on the 'History of Magic' in English and German language: Magic, Zauberkunste, Rare Kunste, Houdini speaks out, Chapeau. And an extraordinary book by the greatest 'sleight of hand' Illusionists, Ricky Jay.

See more Magic curiosity related ephemera on 'Early Visual Media'.

 
 

 
 
Ghostly Apparitions
By Stefan Andriopoulos.
 
German Idealism, the Gothic Novel and Optical Media  
 

Drawing together literature, media, and philosophy, Ghostly Apparitions provides a new model for media archaeology. Stefan Andriopoulos examines the relationships between new media technologies and distinct cultural realms, tracing connections between Kant’s philosophy and the magic lantern’s phantasmagoria, the Gothic novel and print culture, and spiritualist research and the invention of television.

As Kant was writing about the possibility of spiritual apparitions, the emerging medium of the phantasmagoria used hidden magic lanterns to terrify audiences with ghostly projections. Andriopoulos juxtaposes the philosophical arguments of German idealism with contemporaneous occultism and ghost shows. In close readings of Kant, Hegel, and Schopenhauer, he traces the diverging ways in which these authors appropriate optical media effects and spiritualist notions.

The spectral apparitions from this period also intersect with an exploding print market and the rise of immersive reading practices. Andriopoulos explores the circulation of ostensibly genuine ghost narratives and Gothic fiction, which was said to produce “reading addiction” and a loss of reality. Romantic representations of animal magnetism and clairvoyance similarly blurred the boundary between fiction and reality.

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Dark Romanticism
l'Ange du Bizarre
 
By Brooke Kamin Rapaport
By Brooke Kamin Rapaport
 
Coming Soon
 



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Edwardian Opulence
By Angus Trumble, Andrea Wolk Rager, ... .
 
British Art at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century
 

Edwardian Opulence

Views of the Edwardian era have swung between seeing the period as a golden summer afternoon of imperial and elite complacency and the starkly conflicting depiction of the decade as one of intense political, economic, and artistic instability leading up to the chasm of the First World War.

This magnificent book explores themes of power and a contrasting lightness of touch through the distinctive architecture, interiors, and decorative and fine arts of the time. Creation, consumption, and display are enlightened through portraits by Sargent and Boldoni, diamond tiaras and ostrich feather fans, and a spectacular embroidered gown belonging to Mary, the American-born wife of Lord Curzon, Viceroy of India.

At the same time, the Lumiere brothers' invention of autochromes enabled informal colour portrait photography that fostered the cult of celebrity. Opulence and leisure were driving forces for the domestic and imperial British economic engine in the early years of the twentieth century.

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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 1
9th. 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.

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See also 'A History of Chromolithography'.
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Death - A Picture Album
By Richard Harris.
 
See the exhibition Death - A Self-Portrait
 

Death - A Picture Album

Disturbing, macabre and moving, this beautifully illustrated clothbound book examines our enduring desire to make peace with death.

Accompanying Wellcome Collection's major exhibition 'Death: A Self Portrait', the book is divided into five sections (Contemplating Death, The Dance of Death, Violent Death, Love and Death, and Commemoration).

Featuring an eclectic selection from the spectacularly diverse collection of Chicago print dealer Richard Harris, it includes works from Adriaen van Utrecht, Otto Dix, James Ensor, Goya, Mapplethorpe and Andy Warhol displayed alongside mysterious postcards and anonymous snapshots.

In these pages we are presented with some of the many faces of death: violent and cruel or benign and playful; death the friend and death the enemy. The epitomes of terrible beauty, these images are a reminder of the end awaiting us all.


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Carmontelle's Transparencies - Cinema of the Enlightenment
By Laurence Chatel de Brancion
 
 

Louis de Carmontelle was an eighteenth-century French draftsman, painter, and garden designer. Beginning in 1783 he painted a series of panoramas on translucent paper that became a popular source of entertainment at royal court gatherings.

These rolled-up transparencies (rouleaux transparents) were cranked through a backlit viewing box, and the "moving pictures" were accompanied by live storytelling that gave spectators the experience of journeying through beautiful landscapes.

Presented chronologically, the transparencies show the evolution of eighteenth-century fashions and customs.

The author re-creates the original viewing experience by leading the reader through a series of panoramic scenes and, in the process, offers a lively analysis of social life in the 1700s.

(Getty store review)
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Drawn from both museum and private collections, the charming illustrations include gatefolds showing the full extent of the J. Paul Getty Museum's Figures Walking in a Parkland as well as many exquisite details of elegant outdoor gatherings and verdant parklands.

This book presents all of Carmontelle's extant transparencies, some of which survive only in fragments and a number of which have never been published.
 
 

 
Le Papier Peint Art Nouveau, Création, Production, Diffusion
By Dr. Jérémie Cerman.
 
 

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Dressing room in the Folies Bergère decorated by
cylinder printed wallpaper produced by Leroy, ca. 1900
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Le Papier Peint Art Nouveau - Création, Production, Diffusion
is not a photo book but a great publication which illustrate the importance of photography in other interesting historical fields within the history of popular arts. Photography as an auxiliary science to study the use of vintage Art Nouveau wallpapers.

The amount of historical interior photographs in this book is limited but most important to depict the daily use of wall-decoration art in various environments, from houses of the aristocracy to places of easy virtue such as the Folies Bergère and Moulin Rouge in Paris.

Chapter 12, 'Photographies anciennes et usages de papier peints Art Nouveau', deals with wallpaper and photography as an aid to study the former.
'Old photographs and the use of Art Nouveau wallpapers' illustrates some important samples of the use of decorative wallpaper in historical interior design.
Page 206, fig. 122 depict a Folies Bergère scene (half of a stereo photo) in the 'Early Visual Media' collection, decorated with wallpaper by the manufacturor Leroy. (See above left)

This wonderful well researched and colorful richly illustrated study on the history of Art Nouveau wallpaper is therefore also of interest to every serious photo collector with a wider intererest, exceeding the boundaries of his subject matter. The book is a result of the author's, Jérémie Cerman, doctoral thesis at the Panthéon-Sorbonne, university in Paris.

This hardcover publication of Mare & Martin publishers offers a spectacular window in Belle Epoque interior decorations made of ephemeral paper.
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Gothic Machine 1670-1910
By David J. Jones.
 
Textualities, Pre-cinematic Media and Film in Popular Visual Culture  
 

This book reveals some of the exciting inter-relations between Gothic Horror literature, film and magic lantern shows. It is an innovative work, providing new insights into how Gothic Horror as a whole started, with the genesis of the Frankenstein films, and encourages the reader to think of the relations between such books and films as one vibrant set of energies.

It examines the connection between Gothic and film studies and the media. Jones provides a useful referencing tool for academic departments and explores the advent of film in the 1890's and its relation to French Symbolist literature, and the Lumieres Brothers, as well as the link between Schiller, de Sade and Robertson's Fantasmagorie.

This book provides new insights into how Gothic Horror as a whole started, and encourages the reader to think of the relations between such books and films as one vibrant set of energies.

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Reading Popular Culture in Victorian Print
By Alberto Gabriele.
 
Belgravia and Sensationalism
 
 

Reading Popular Culture in Victorian Print:Belgravia and Sensationalism is a comprehensive study of the whole run of the monthly periodical Belgravia under the direction of Mary Elizabeth Braddon.

It traces the material history of the magazine, its production and global distribution while at the same time placing its history and content in the context of Victorian popular culture and Victorian discursive formations.

Among the questions Reading Popular Culture in Victorian Print investigates are the status of authors in the marketplace, the innovative place Belgravia holds in the history of print culture, the rhetoric of sensationalism in fiction, journalism and pre-cinema, the representation of trade with India, and the use of urban space as a branding strategy.
It makes the claim that the periodical is the sensation novel of the 1860s.

Alberto Gabriele studied Philology and Literary Criticism at the University of Florence, Italy, where he was awarded a laurea with honors. A recipient of a Fulbright fellowship, he holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. from New York University’s Comparative Literature Department. His research interests are the history of the novel, the relation between the written text and visual culture, and the history of film.


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Automata and Mimesis on the Stage
of Theatre History
By Kara Reilly.
 
 

This book explores automata or early robots as performers on the stage of theatre history. Automata are precursors to our digital culture, demonstrating that our spectacular culture of machine-based entertainments has numerous historical precedents.

Automata are surprisingly saturated with intellectual and cultural history. Chapters examine topics like English Reformation Iconoclasm's fear that art might surpass God's nature in Elizabethan moving statues; the influence that hydraulic garden automata had on Descartes' mechanical philosophy; automata as ideal objects of the aristocracy in eighteenth-century Europe; theatrical productions focussed on that alluring automaton Olympia; and a case study of R.U.R., the drama that coined the word Robot.

At its heart, this study examines automata as both performative objects of mimesis and metaphors for the period in which they are explored.

KARA REILLY is a Lecturer at the University of Birmingham, UK. She is a theatre historian, theorist and dramaturg. Her work has appeared in New Theatre Quarterly, American Drama, Theatre Journal and Contemporary Theatre Review.

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What is Media Archeaology?
By Jussi Parikka.
 
     

What is Media Archeaology?

This cutting-edge text offers an introduction to the emerging field of media archaeology and analyses the innovative theoretical and artistic methodology used to excavate current media through its past.

Written with a steampunk attitude, What is Media Archaeology? examines the theoretical challenges of studying digital culture and memory and opens up the sedimented layers of contemporary media culture.

The author contextualizes media archaeology in relation to other key media studies debates including software studies, German media theory, imaginary media research, new materialism and digital humanities.

What is Media Archaeology? advances an innovative theoretical position while also presenting an engaging and accessible overview for students of media, film and cultural studies. It will be essential reading for anyone interested in the interdisciplinary ties between art, technology and media.

(Polity Press review)
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Cléo de Mérode
By Michael Garval
 
and the Rise of Modern Celebrity Culture
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The first English-language monograph on the French dancer and model, Cléo de Mérode and the Rise of Modern Celebrity Culture explores the haunting legacy of this intriguing and glamorous figure, an international celebrity at the dawn of modern celebrity culture.

Situating Mérode at a pivotal moment in the history of fame and visual culture, this study analyzes how technological and societal changes led to our star-struck modernity. Mérode was one of the earliest examples of fame born from mass visual culture, as newly available postcards circulated her image around the globe.

Through Mérode, Michael D. Garval illuminates broader trends of the Belle Époque: persistent statue fetishism within a vibrant monumental culture, rampant exoticism amid unprecedented colonial expansion, the rapid growth of the illustrated press, the rise of female show business personalities, the advent of cinema and x-rays, and a burgeoning sense of new visual possibilities.

The volume examines how Mérode heralded modern celebrity icons; problematizes the status of women and women's bodies under intense public scrutiny; and exposes the paradoxes of a society captivated by a mass media-driven dream of intimacy from afar.Cléo de Mérode and the Rise of Modern Celebrity Culture probes the neglected prehistory of a visual culture obsessed with celebrities and their images.

(Ashgate Press review)
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Digital Contagions
By Jussi Parikka.
 
A Media Archaeology of Computer Viruses    
Digital Contagions is the first book to offer a comprehensive and critical analysis of the culture and history of the computer virus phenomenon. The book maps the anomalies of network culture from the angles of security concerns, the biopolitics of digital systems, and the aspirations for artificial life in software.

The genealogy of network culture is approached from the standpoint of accidents that are endemic to the digital media ecology. Viruses, worms, and other software objects are not, then, seen merely from the perspective of anti-virus research or practical security concerns, but as cultural and historical expressions that traverse a non-linear field from fiction to technical media, from net art to politics of software.

Jussi Parikka mobilizes an extensive array of source materials and intertwines them with an inventive new materialist cultural analysis. Digital Contagions draws from the cultural theories of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, Friedrich Kittler, and Paul Virilio, among others, and offers novel insights into historical media analysis.

(Peter Lang Press review)
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Victorian Glassworlds
by Isobel Armstrong.
 
Glass Culture and The Imagination 1830 - 1880    
     
Isobel Armstrong's startlingly original and beautifully illustrated book tells the stories that spring from the mass-production of glass in nineteenth-century England. Moving across technology, industry, local history, architecture, literature, print culture, the visual arts, optics, and philosophy, it will transform our understanding of the Victorian period.

The mass production of glass in the nineteenth century transformed an ancient material into a modern one, at the same time transforming the environment and the nineteenth-century imagination. It created a new glass culture hitherto inconceivable. Glass culture constituted Victorian modernity. It was made from infinite variations of the prefabricated glass panel, and the lens. The mirror and the window became its formative elements, both the texts and constituents of glass culture.

The glassworlds of the century are heterogeneous. They manifest themselves in the technologies of the factory furnace, in the myths of Cinderella and her glass slipper circulated in print media, in the ideologies of the conservatory as building type, in the fantasia of the shopfront, in the production of chandeliers, in the Crystal Palace, and the lens-made images of the magic lantern and microscope. But they were nevertheless governed by two inescapable conditions.

(Oxord University Press review)
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First, to look through glass was to look through the residues of the breath of an unknown artisan, because glass was mass produced by incorporating glassblowing into the division of labour. Second, literally a new medium, glass brought the ambiguity of transparency and the problems of mediation into the everyday. It intervened between seer and seen, incorporating a modern philosophical problem into bodily experience. Thus for poets and novelists glass took on material and ontological, political, and aesthetic meanings.

Reading glass forwards into Bauhaus modernism, Walter Benjamin overlooked an early phase of glass culture where the languages of glass are different. The book charts this phase in three parts. Factory archives, trade union records, and periodicals document the individual manufacturers and artisans who founded glass culture, the industrial tourists who described it, and the systematic politics of window-breaking.

Part Two, culminating in glass under glass at the Crystal Palace, reads the glassing of the environment, including the mirror, the window, and controversy round the conservatory, and their inscription in poems and novels. Part Three explores the lens, from optical toys to 'philosophical' instruments as the telescope and microscope were known.

 
 

 
 
 
Insect Media, An Archaeology of Animals and Technology
by Jussi Parikka.
 
     
Insect Media, An Archaeology of Animals and Technology.

Uncovering the insect logic that informs contemporary media technologies and the network society.

Insect Media analyzes how insect forms of social organization, swarms, hives, webs, and distributed intelligence, have been used to structure modern media technologies and the network society.

Through close engagement with the pioneering work of insect ethologists, posthumanist philosophers, media theorists, and contemporary filmmakers and artists, Jussi Parikka provides a radical new perspective on the interconnection of biology and technology.


(University of Minesota Press review)
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Spectacles of Deformity
by Nadja Durbach.
 
Freakshows and Modern Britisch Culture
   
     
Spectacles of Deformity - Freakshows and Modern Britisch Culture

In 1847, during the great age of the freak show, the British periodical Punch bemoaned the public's “prevailing taste for deformity”. This vividly detailed work argues that far from being purely exploitative, displays of anomalous bodies served a deeper social purpose as they generated popular and scientific debates over the meanings attached to bodily difference.

Nadja Durbach examines freaks both well-known and obscure including the Elephant Man; “Lalloo, the Double-Bodied Hindoo Boy,” a set of conjoined twins advertised as half male, half female; Krao, a seven-year-old hairy Laotian girl who was marketed as Darwin's “missing link”; the ”Last of the Mysterious Aztecs” and African “Cannibal Kings,” who were often merely Irishmen in blackface.

Upending our tendency to read late twentieth-century conceptions of disability onto the bodies of freak show performers, Durbach shows that these spectacles helped to articulate the cultural meanings invested in otherness--and thus clarified what it meant to be British—at a key moment in the making of modern and imperial ideologies and identities.

(University of California Press review)
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Dickens in Italy
A cura di Carlo Alberto Minici Zotti
 
 
Dickens in Italy

An exhibition and catalogue inspired on the journey made by Charles Dickens trough Italy in 1844-45. The exhibition displays a set of hand colored photographic magic lantern slides contemporary with the well known author.

The magic lantern slides show talian places visited by Dickens.

In An Italian Dream, from Pictures from Italy, Dickens describes the landscapes, architecture, people and customs he observed during a year's stay in Italy "After a few moments it would dissolve, like a view in a magic lantern."

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Image Studies - Theory and Practice
By Sunil Manghani.
 
     
Image Studies offers an engaging introduction to visual and image studies.

In order to better understand images and visual culture the book seeks to bridge between theory and practice; asking the reader to think critically about images and image practices, but also simultaneously to make images and engage with image-makers and image-making processes.

Looking across a range of domains and disciplines, we find the image is never a single, static thing. Rather, the image can be a concept, an object, a picture, or medium - and all these things combined. At the heart of this book is the idea of an ‘ecology of images’, through which we can examine the full ‘life’ of an image - to understand how an image resonances within a complex set of contexts, processes and uses.

• Part 1 covers theoretical perspectives on the image, supplemented with practical entries on making, researching and writing with images.
• Part 2 explores specific image practices and cultures, with chapters on drawing and painting; photography; visual culture; scientific imaging; and informational images.

(Routledge Press review)
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The Visual Culture Reader
Edited by Nicholas Mirzoeff.
 
     
Ten years after the last edition, this thoroughly revised and updated third edition of The Visual Culture Reader highlights the transformed and expanded nature of globalized visual cultures.

It assembles key new writings, visual essays and specially commissioned articles, emphasizing the intersections of the Web 2.0, digital cultures, globalization, visual arts and media, and the visualizations of war.

Fully illustrated throughout, The Reader features an introductory section tracing the development of what editor Nicholas Mirzoeff calls "critical visuality studies." It develops into thematic sections, each prefaced by an introduction by the editor, with an emphasis on global coverage. Each thematic section includes suggestions for further reading.

Thematic sections include: Expansions, War and Violence, Attention and Visualizing Economy, Bodies and Minds, Histories and Memories, (Post/De/Neo)Colonial Visualities, Media and Mediations.

(Routledge Press review)
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The Spam Book:
Edited by Jussi Parikka & Tony Sampson.
 
On Viruses, Porn and Other Anomalies From the Dark Side of Digital Culture
 
   
The Spam Book
On Viruses, Porn and Other Anomalies From the Dark Side of Digital Culture


For those of us increasingly reliant on email networks in our everyday social interactions, spam can be a pain; it can annoy; it can deceive; it can overload. Yet spam can also entertain and perplex us.

This book is an aberration into the dark side of network culture. Instead of regurgitating stories of technological progress or over celebrating creative social media on the Internet, it filters contemporary culture through its anomalies.

The book features theorists writing on spam, porn, censorship, and viruses. The evil side of media theory is exposed to theoretical interventions and innovative case studies that touch base with new media and Internet studies and the sociology of new network culture, as well as post-representational cultural theory.

(Hampton Press review)

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Scrapbooks, Snapshots and Memorabilia
By Glen McGillivray.
 
Hidden Archives of Performance
 

Scrapbooks, Snapshots and Memorabilia: Hidden Archives of Performance asks the questions: What constitutes an archive? What is worthy of being archived? And who decides? Performances are ephemeral, so archival questions of selection and appraisal determine which performances will be remembered by history and which will not.

The essays in this collection each explore a different facet of the ephemerality of performance, and the traces it leaves behind: from photographic stills of actors or sets; draft scripts and production notes, theatre programs and reviews; the language used to evoke the experience of watching a dance; to the memories contained within a site which has been used for a site-specific performance.

Each of the contributors to Scrapbooks, Snapshots and Memorabilia employs pertinent case studies to reveal performances that are so often 'hidden' from the authoritative archival view; for example, those by women, indigenous people, amateurs and working people, and those outside metropolitan centres. In this way, they build a powerful argument for reconsidering - or at the very least, broadening - notions of what the performance archive can be.

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Introduction to the History of Communication
by Terence P. Moran
 
Evolutions & Revolutions
 
 
An Introduction to the History of Communication: Evolutions and Revolutions provides a comprehensive overview of how human communication has changed and is changing. Focusing on the evolutions and revolutions of six key changes in the history of communication - becoming human; creating writing; developing print; capturing the image; harnessing electricity; and exploring cybernetics - the author reveals how communication was generated, stored, and shared.

This ecological approach provides a comprehensive understanding of the key variables that underlie each of these great evolutions-revolutions in human communication.

Designed as an introduction for history of communication classes, the text examines the past, attempting to identify the key dynamics of change in these human, technical, semiotic, social, political, economic, and cultural structures, in order to better understand the present and prepare for possible future developments.

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Illusions of Reality 1875-1918
Naturalist Painting, Photography, Theatre and Cinema
By Gabriel Weisberg, Edwin Becker,
Maartje de Haan, David Jackson, Willa Silverman
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Available in English, Dutch, German, French, Finnish and Swedish
 

Very few books on painting can be found on the Early Visual Media pages. Media Archaeology & Visual Media by definition are interdisciplinary fields. The intermedial context, researching 'Naturalist' paintings in relation to photography, theatre and cinema is an interesting approach.

This catalogue and exhibition is a new stage in long and ongoing study on Naturalism powered by Gabriel Weisberg who expands the various intermedial contexts of this second part 1
9th. century and early twentieth century genre.

The many illustrations often show rare samples of less known but great works of art in private collections. This, as well as opening the path for further intermedial research, are the main strengths of this great visual source and accompanying exhibition.

Click cover to open the Van Gogh Museum website.

 
 

 
 
The Origins of the Telescope
Edited by Halbert van Helden, et al.
 
 
The origins of the telescope have been debated since the instrument’s appearance in the Hague in 1608. Civic and national pride has led local dignitaries, popular writers, and scholars to present sharply divergent histories over the years, crediting a variety of people and places with the invention.

Drawing on newly discovered documents, re-examined records, and tests of early lenses and telescopes, this fascinating study proposes a new and convincing account of the origins of the instrument that changed mankind’s vision of the universe.

Click cover to see the University of Chicago Press bookpage.
 
 
 

 
 
Ich traue meinen Augen nicht
By Werner Nekes, Werner Hofmann, Jutta Pichler.
 
Streifzüge durch 400 Jahre Karikatur und Bildsatire
 

Ich traue meinen Augen nicht

A wonderful catalogue on the history of caricature & the grotesque. Most illustrations comes from the Wener Nekes collection.

.The book traces the origins of the caricature in physiognomy and the subsequent infiltration of the genre in (popular) Art.

The work discusses fundamental questions, what is man? what is art? The images leads us into a world of illusion, distortion, deception, ambiguity, the mystery.

The cartoon as an entertainment medium and his satirical meaning and use in popular printings and publications.

Click cover to open the publisher's bookpage.

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MEDIA ARCHAEOLOGY
 
Approaches, Applications, and Implications
Edited by Erkki Huhtamo & Jussi Parikka
 
! Important new title !
 
University of California Press announces


MEDIA ARCHAEOLOGY
introduces an archaeological approach to the study of media - one that sifts through the evidence to learn how media were written about, used, designed, preserved, and sometimes discarded.

Edited by Erkki Huhtamo and Jussi Parikka, with contributions from internationally prominent scholars from Europe, North America, and Japan, the essays help us understand how the media that predate today’s interactive, digital forms were in their time contested, adopted and embedded in the everyday.

Providing a broad overview of the many historical and theoretical facets of Media Archaeology as an emerging field, the book encourages discussion by presenting a full range of different voices.

By revisiting ‘old’ or even ‘dead’ media, it provides a richer horizon for understanding ‘new’ media in their complex and often contradictory roles in contemporary society and culture.



Click cover to see the University of California Press bookpage.
 
     

Erkki Huhtamo is Professor of Design | Media Arts at the University of California, Los Angeles and the author of 'The Roll Medium, The Origins and Development of the Moving Panorama until the 1860s'.
Jussi Parika is Reader at Winchester School of Art (University of Southampton, UK) and the author of 'Digital Contagions: A Media Archaeology of Computer Viruses and Insect Media: An Archaeology of Animals and Technology'.

 
 

 
 

3D Displays and Spatial Interaction:
Exploring the Science, Art, Evolution and use of 3D Technologies.


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Vol I: From Perception to Technology.  
   
One of the most exciting books announced on the Early Visual Media web site.
 

Scientific extremely well researched and equally interesting for media scholars in the field of both, historical and the very latest modern new media and it's applications.
One does not need to be a scientist to learn a lot from this enlightening, 419 pages, book with over 244 illustrations, many of them in color.

The book focuses on modern 3D displays and spatial interactions but links contemporary haptic 3D technologies with their historical forerunners such as stereoscopy, Pepper's Ghost & the Fantasmagoria.

'He who does not honour the past is not worthy of the present'.
Everyone involved with old and/or new media should read this most informative source which also deals with the use of new technologies in popular entertainment and virtual reality environments linked with the notion 'Suspension of Disbelief'.

The book reproduce the 'Moisse Fantascope' and explains the
18th. century Phantasmagoria shows, forerunner of the creation of ethereal images by modern computer applications & interfaces. The historical ethereal image is wonderful illustrated by a smoke projection performed by the late Mike Bartley.

For the first time the book also reproduces an hitherto unknown Phantasmagoria poster recently discovered in the library of the University, Ghent. This Dutch language poster, 1831, annouced a 'Pantasmagoria Ghost Show' in Ghent.

By Barry Blundell




Further a great variety of information about the early origins of stereoscopy and Pepper's Ghost based computer interfaces. And much more to discover, both on old and new media ...
Click cover for more information from the publisher or to order this book. More information on the author's personal or AUT University web site. Read the forword by Gregg Favalora or download the table of content.
 

 
 
The Pantomime Life of Joseph Grimaldi
By Andrew McConnell Stott.
 
 

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The Pantomime Life of Joseph Grimaldi

The son of a deranged Italian immigrant, Joseph Grimaldi (1778–1837) was the most celebrated of English clowns. The first to use white-face make-up and wear outrageous coloured clothes, he transformed the role of the Clown in the pantomime with a look as iconic as Chaplin’s tramp or Tommy Cooper’s magician.

One of the first celebrity comedians, his friends included Lord Byron and the actor Edmund Kean, and his memoirs were edited by the young Charles Dickens.

Drawing on a wealth of source material, Stott has written the definitive biography of Grimaldi and a highly nuanced portrait of Georgian theatre in London.

Click cover to open the publisher's bookpage.

 
 

 
 
Electric Salome - Loie Fuller's Performance of Modernism
by Rhonda Garelick.
 
 
Electric Salome places Loie Fuller in the context of classical and modern ballet, Art Nouveau, Orientalism, surrealism, the birth of cinema, American modern dance, and European drama. It offers detailed close readings of texts and performances, situated within broader historical, cultural, and theoretical frameworks.

Accessibly written, the book also recounts the human story of how an obscure, uneducated woman from the dustbowl of the American Midwest moved to Paris, became a star, and lived openly for decades as a lesbian.

Loie Fuller was the most famous American in Europe throughout the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Rising from a small-time vaudeville career in the States, she attained international celebrity as a dancer, inventor, impresario, and one of the first women filmmakers in the world.

Fuller befriended royalty and inspired artists such as Mallarmé, Toulouse-Lautrec, Rodin, Sarah Bernhardt, and Isadora Duncan. Today, though, she is remembered mainly as an untutored "pioneer" of modern dance and stage technology, the "electricity fairy" who created a sensation onstage whirling under colored spotlights.

The book demonstrates that Loie Fuller was not a mere entertainer or precursor, but an artist of great psychological, emotional, and sexual expressiveness whose work illuminates the centrality of dance to modernism.

Click cover to open the publisher's bookpage.

 
 

 
 
Dreamlands - Des Parcs d'attraction au cités du futur
Curated by Didier Ottinger & Quentin Bajac.
 
 

This multidisciplinary exhibition brings together more than 300 works: modern and contemporary art, architecture, films and documents drawn from numerous public and private collections.

Designed as an experience both playful and educational, it offers the first comprehensive exploration of its theme, inviting visitors to think about how the city is imagined and how this imagination finds expression in concrete projects.

World's Fairs, contemporary theme parks, the Las Vegas of the 1950s and '60s, twenty-first-century Dubai : all these have helped bring about a profound transformation in our relation to the world, our conceptions of geography, time and history, our ideas about the original and the reproduction, about art and non-art.

The catalogue reproduce for the first time a 12 meter long part of the unique 'Morieux Paris 1900 World Fair Cyclorama/Panorama'. The total length of the spectacular panorama is almost 50 meters and was painted by an academic painter from Ghent, Léon Van de Voorde, owner of the fairground atraction 'Théâtre Mécanique Morieux'. Follow link for more information.

Click cover to open the Centre Pompidou exhibition page.

 
 

 
 
Visual Delights - two - Exhibition and Reception
Edited by Vanessa Toulmin & Simon Popple.
 
 

Visual Delights II, Exhibition and Reception is an international anthology of papers taken from the successful second Visual Delights conference held at the University of Sheffield in 2002.

It brings together a rich vein of material covering many aspects of popular and visual culture in the late Victorian and early Edwardian period. Interdisciplinary in approach, it includes essays on nineteenth century circus performers, early cinema exhibition practice, ‘penny dreadfuls’, lantern culture, early colour experiments and popular photography.

With essays from internationally renowned historians in the fields of early cinema, art history, performance, photography and theatre studies, it offers a wealth of significant new material and demonstrates a variety of approaches to this rich material.

The book is lavishly illustrated with contemporary photographs, posters, magic lantern slides and engravings and provides a rich visual resource for the further study of nineteenth century visual culture and performance practice.


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Television - an international history of the formative years
The Struggle for Unity - Colour Television, the formative years
 
by R. W. Burns
by R. W. Burns.
 
 

- 'Television - an international history of the formative years'.
- 'The Struggle for Unity - Colour Television, the formative years'

From the first notions of 'seeing by electricity' in 1878 through the period to Baird's demonstration of television in 1926 and up to 1940, when war brought the advance of the technology to a temporary halt, the development of TV gathered about it a tremendous history. In 'Television - an international history of the formative years', Burns presents a balanced, thorough history of television to 1940, considering the factors technical, financial and social which influenced and led to the establishment of many of the world's high-definition TV broadcasting services.

Visit Early Visual Media's webpage on early mechanical television. Click cover to open the publisher's bookpage.
See also Routledge's 'A History of Television', an encyclopedic three volume set edited by Stephen Herbert.
 
 

 
 
Restoring Baird's Image by Donald F. McLean.

This book provide fascinating reading on the early development of television based on experiments by Nipkow, originated at the end of the
19th. Century.
In spite of the large amount of technical information the book reads easily thanks to the historical background information provided by the author.
By this as it may, the book tells two stories, interwoven into a surprising history of of the medium television which became so obvious for us all today.

Most surprising is the author's research followed by the restoration of John Logie Baird's earliest television recordings. The worlds first recording of a television signal, known as Phonovision, dates back to 1927.

Further the book provide information on the first television 'Stars' such as Betty Bolton and the Paramount Astoria Girls. Both where recorded on Phonovision between 1932 & 1935.

Further a double CD documentary by the same author is introduced.
Both the book and CD documentary, The Dawn of Television Remembered, are unique source material for an unknown but recent chapter in media history

Early Visual Media devoted a page on this pioneering mechanical era of television.
A lecture on the restored images can be downloaded at http://www.tvdawn.com/ Order the book from books@theiet.org
 
See also Routledge's Encyclopaedic 3 volume set by Stephen Herbert on Television
 
 

 
 
The History of Television 1880 - 1941
by Albert Abramson.
 
 
The History of Television 1880 - 1941

No other technological innovation can be cited whose impact on the fabric of daily living has been as pervasive as that of television. A sole inventor does not exist; television came about through the remarkable interactions of several hundred scientists.

Interviews with these scientists, extensive archival research worldwide, and rare photos make this book, and its following volume, the one definitive history and the only authoritative account. Herein are the early inventions, the first devices, early camera tubes, the mechanical era, the kinescope, the iconoscope, and more.

Click cover to open the publisher's bookpage.
Visit Early Visual Media's webpage on early mechanical television.

See also Routledge's 'A History of Television', an encyclopedic three volume set edited by Stephen Herbert.

 

 
 
Television - The Life Story of a Technology
by Alexander Magoun.
 
 

For better or worse, television has been the dominant medium of communication for fifty years. Yet it is a relatively recent invention, one that required passionate inventors, determined businessmen, government regulators, and willing consumers. This volume covers the history of television from nineteenth century European conceptions of transmitting moving images electrically to the death of television as a discrete system in a digital age.

Alexander B. Magoun highlights key events in the evolution of TV, as well as the dynamic individuals who ignited the industry, such as Vladimir Zworykin and David Sarnoff. He also covers the development of cable and satellite television, the use of television in wartime, and the "tube's" changing face.

"Tracing the history of television from early inception through golden age, to the current world of flat screens, cable, and satellites, Magoun comprehensively overviews a medium now in everyone's memory... Readers are left with an appreciation for an old friend that they enjoyed having around, as well as recognition of the role that television has played in making entertainment and communication what it is today." Choice
Click cover to open the publisher's bookpage.


Visit Early Visual Media's webpage on early mechanical television.
See also Routledge's 'A History of Television', an encyclopedic three volume set edited by Stephen Herbert.

 

 
 
The Victorian Marionette Theatre
by John McCormick.
 
 

In this fascinating and colorful book, researcher and performer John McCormick focuses on the marionette world of Victorian Britain between its heyday after 1860 and its waning years from 1895 to 1914. Situating the rich and diverse puppet theatre in the context of entertainment culture, he explores both the aesthetics of these dancing dolls and their sociocultural significance in their life and time.

The history of marionette performances is interwoven with live-actor performances and with the entire gamut of annual fairs, portable and permanent theatres, music halls, magic lantern shows, waxworks, panoramas, and sideshows.

McCormick begins his study with an exploration of the Victorian Marionette Theatre in the context of other theatrical events of the day, with proprietors and puppeteers, and with the venues where they performed. He further examines the marionette’s position as an actor not quite human but imitating humans closely enough to be considered empathetic; the ways that physical attributes were created with wood, paint, and cloth; and the dramas and melodramas that the dolls performed.

A discussion of the trick figures and specialized acts that each company possessed, as well as an exploration of the theatre’s staging, lighting, and costuming, follows in later chapters. McCormick concludes with a description of the last days of marionette theatre in the wake of changing audience expectations and the increasing popularity of moving pictures.

Click cover to open the publisher's bookpage.

See more Puppet related Art on Early Visual Media


 

 
 
Ed. by Noel Daniel / Authors: Mike Caveney, Ricky Jay, Jim Steinmeyer
 

   

MAGIC 1400s - 1950s is a great book on the history of Conjuring Arts, Prestidigitaion & Illusions. Great in size, 29 x 44 cm (11.4 x 17.3 in.) with 650 pages but especially great in content, both textual and visual. The book is written by specialists in the field such as practicing conjurors, Ricky Jay & Mike Caveney, both also historians on prestidigitation and legerdemain like Jim Steinmeyer.

The book celebrates more than 500 years of the dazzling visual culture of the world's greatest magicians. Featuring more than 1000 rarely seen vintage posters, photographs, handbills, and engravings as well as paintings by Hieronymus Bosch and Caravaggio among others.
The book traces the history of magic as a performing art from the 1400s to the 1950s.

Combining sensational images with incisive text, Magic explores the evolution of the magician’s craft, from medieval street performers to the brilliant stage magicians who gave rise to cinematic special effects; from the 19th century's Golden Age of Magic to groundbreaking daredevils like Houdini and the early 20th century's vaudevillians.

See 5 more books on the 'History of Magic' in English and German language: Houdini,, Zauberkunste, Rare Kunste, Houdini speaks out, Chapeau. And an extraordinary book by the greatest 'sleight of hand' Illusionists, Ricky Jay.

See more Magic curiosity related ephemera on 'Early Visual Media'.

 

 
 
Automatic Organs
by Arthur W. J. G. Ord-Hume.
 
A guide to Orchestrions, Barrel Organs, Fairground, Dancehall & Street Organs including Organettes.  

An easy-to-read reference book on automatic organs offering 512 pages of well researched Chapters and Appendixes + Bibliography and Index.

Chapters:
/ Automatic Pipe Organs & How they work / Mechanical Instruments & Automatic Music in History / Italian Water Gardens & Mediaeval Hydraulic Organs / The Golden Age of Mechanical Music Machines / Clockwork Organs & Musical Clocks / Barrel Organs for both Church & Home / Orchestrions & the Age of Mechanical Creativity / Street Organs & Music for the Masses / Showground & Dancehall Organs / Reed Organs & Portable Organette / Small Domestic Organs & Perforated Paper Music / Concert Instruments & the Reproducing Pipe Organ / Musical Repertoire& the Fidelity of Performance / The Social Impact of the Automatic Organ / Automatic Organs in the 21
st Century / Mechanical Organ Preservation, Conservation & Restoration / Pneumatic Organ Preservation, Conservation & Restoration / Living with the Automatic Organ, Care & Maintenance.

Automatic Organs. can be ordered directly from:
Bushwoods Books

ISBN: 9780764325687
Click cover to open the publishers's bookpage
See more Fairground related Art on Early Visual Media

Appendixes:
/ How Automatic Organs were advertised & Sold / List of Makers, Distrubitors & Inventors / Mechanical Organ Tuning Scales / What's it Worth? Valuation & Price Guide / Support Organisations for Mechanical Organ Enthusiasts / Selective Discography.
Visit the Dutch Society for Automatic Organs who re-puplished Visual Media's Limonaire catalogue
 
 

 
 
Lithophanes
By Margaret Carney.
 
     

Lithophanes

Lithophanes are important translucent collectibles and appear in various forms such as tea warmers, plaques, vases, night lights, lampshades, table screens, fireplace screens, miniatures, steins, cups, mugs, plates, matchboxes, candle shields, etc.

As many are their decorative forms & uses, a myriad of subjects too illustrates these almost three-dimensional appearing images when viewed with back light. Landscapes, marines, mythological scenes, phenomena of nature, portraits, reproductions of artworks, military scenes, erotic & pornographic depictions, etc.

To enjoy these curious objects It's absolutely necessary to appreciate a certain level of kitsch but the details seen in these white, sometimes colored, Victorian ceramics are stunning. The thickness of the porcelain creates the gray shades.

Lithophanes are rarely seen in museums, however, they are the majority of objects seen in 'The Blair Museum of Litophanes' as well as their stands to present them to the viewer or onlooker. See also Leuchtender Stein by KH. W. Steckelings.

Click book cover for more information on this Shiffer Book.

 

 
 
 
The Education of the Eye
By Brenda Weeden.
 
(information from publisher)
   

The Education of the Eye

The University of Westminster has always been at the forefront of technological change in the heart of London, providing educational programmes shaped by the changing needs of the capital. It has also contributed to the social and cultural life of London in some remarkable ways.

When the University’s predecessor, the Polytechnic Institution opened to the public in the newly fashionable Regent Street in August 1838, it was committed to the promotion of science. It achieved this aim by visual means, exploring innovative ways of demonstrating practical science and new technologies to a general audience.

The Royal Polytechnic Institution became a major Victorian tourist attraction. Visitors could be submerged in the diving bell, have their photograph taken in Europe’s first photographic studio, see the new industrial machines in motion, or watch a spectacular lantern show in the Polytechnic Theatre.

The Education of the Eye tells this exciting story for the first time, drawing on an extensive range of primary and secondary sources. In keeping with the Polytechnic's reputation for visual spectacle, it is lavishly illustrated with more than 70 contemporary images, many of which have not been previously published.

 

 
 
 
Une Image Peut En Cacher Une Autre
By Jean-Hubert Martin.
 
     

Une Image Peut En Cacher Une Autre

Fascinated by optical illusions and curious to explore the limits of the art of painting, these artists have begun a long story of visual puzzles and changing perspectives.

Playing on the ambiguity of double images, the different levels of which depend entirely on the observer's point of view, many painters have tried to create confusion and introduce several meanings, often hidden, in images to be looked at in many different ways.

Apart from Arcimboldo and his famous composite images or reversible portraits, and Dali, that unquestionably great master of ambiguous images, double images have been attributed to chance, and have not been approached as conscious acts on the part of the artists.

That is why the organisers have decided to show in this exhibition "Une image peut en cacher une autre" only the double images that have been consciously included and explained by their creators.

 (Text source)

 
 

 
 
Zauberkünste in Linz und der Welt
By Brigitte Felderen.
 
 
 
Zauberkünste in Linz und der Welt
Nordico Museum der Stadt Linz

This is a wonderful illustrated exhibition catalogue about Conjuring Arts in Linz and the rest of the world. Since media history, Conjuring Arts & popular science are closely related this book is of vast interest to the photography, film & scientific instrument historian.

The attractive cover image, indeed, foreshadows a myriad of wonderful illustrations in the field of prestidigitation, conjuring, physique amusante, photography, cinema, etc.

The book is published by Brigitte Felderer who also co-authored Rare Künste, a wonderful research on the subject of Conjuring Arts in vintage books.

More information on the catalogue can be found on the Folio Verlag website.
Click cover to open a PDF press file of the exhibition & catalogue.

See 5 more books on the 'History of Magic' in English and German language: Houdini, Magic, Rare Kunste, Houdini speaks out, Chapeau. And an extraordinary book by the greatest 'sleight of hand' Illusionists, Ricky Jay.

See more Magic curiosity related ephemera on 'Early Visual Media'.
 
 

 
 
 
Dansen met de Dood
By Johan De Soete, Harry Van Royen, Dirk Vanclooster.
 
     
Dansen met de Dood
Dancing with Death

This interesting catalogue (in Dutch language) offers a wonderful introduction on the 'Death Dance' genre in art from medieval times till today.

The perception and depiction of death in art is described in three well illustrated chapters. The second chapter, 'Dodendansen, een kennismaking', introduces a chronological selected bibliography of the 'Danse Macabre' in the printed book starting with the 'Heidelberger Totentanz' (1455) and the 'Danse Macabre' (1485) of Guyot Marchant.

The catalogue historically refers to the inspiration source of the earliest printed Death Dance, the above mentioned version of Marchant, inspired by the fresco painted on the walls of 'Cimetière des Innocents' in Paris.

Click on cover for more detailed information or order this catalogue from the museum.
e-mail the publisher to buy a copy of the catalogue.

See a
19th. Century reprint of Guyot Marchant's 'Danse Macabre des Hommes et de Femmes' on Early Visual Media.
 

 
 
 
Curiosity and Wonder from the Renaissance to the Enlightment
By R.W.J. Evans & Alexander Marr..
 
 (information from publisher)    
Curiosity and Wonder from the Renaissance to the Enlightment.

'Curiosity' and 'wonder' are topics of increasing interest and importance to Renaissance and Enlightenment historians. Conspicuous in a host of disciplines from history of science and technology to history of art, literature, and society, both have assumed a prominent place in studies of the Early Modern period.

This volume brings together an international group of scholars to investigate the various manifestations of, and relationships between, 'curiosity' and 'wonder' from the 16th to the 18th centuries. Focused case studies on texts, objects and individuals explore the multifaceted natures of these themes, highlighting the intense fascination and continuing scrutiny to which each has been subjected over three centuries.

From instances of curiosity in New World exploration to the natural wonders of 18th-century Italy, Curiosity and Wonder from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment locates its subjects in a broad geographical and disciplinary terrain. Taken together, the essays presented here construct a detailed picture of two complex themes, demonstrating the extent to which both have been transformed and reconstituted, often with dramatic results.

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

 
 

 
 
 
Folklore and the Fantastic in Nineteenth-Century British Fiction
By Jason Marc Harris.
 
 (information from publisher)    

Folklore and the Fantastic in Nineteenth-Century British Fiction.

Jason Marc Harris's ambitious book argues that the tensions between folk metaphysics and Enlightenment values produce the literary fantastic. Demonstrating that a negotiation with folklore was central to the canon of British literature, he explicates the complicated rhetoric associated with folkloric fiction.

His analysis includes a wide range of writers, including James Barrie, William Carleton, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Sheridan Le Fanu, Neil Gunn, George MacDonald, William Sharp, Robert Louis Stevenson, and James Hogg. These authors, Harris suggests, used folklore to articulate profound cultural ambivalence towards issues of class, domesticity, education, gender, imperialism, nationalism, race, politics, religion, and metaphysics.

Harris's analysis of the function of folk metaphysics in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century narratives reveals the ideological agendas of the appropriation of folklore and the artistic potential of superstition in both folkloric and literary contexts of the supernatural.

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

See some Folk-Art on Early Visual Media.

 
 

 
 
RARE KÜNSTE
by Brigitte Felderen, Werner Nekes, Ricky Jay
 
Zur Kultur und Mediengeschichte der Zauberkunst    
Conjuring Arts in Conjuring Books.


This well illustrated reference work compiles the scientific research for the exhibition 'Rare Kunste, Zauberkunst in Zauberbüchern'. See exhibition page.
The text chapters are written by various specialists in their different fields of conjuring and optical trickery. E.g. Volker Huber, Werner Nekes, Ricky Jay, ... etc.

Rare Künste was published by Springer Verlag, 2007 - 504 pages - in cooperation with the 'Wienbibliothek im Rathaus' and 'Der Universität für angewandte Kunst'.

The book is a thorough research of the Conjuring Arts visualized in historical conjuring books during the 18 &
19th. Century. Although the art of prestidigitation is a most specialized subject the book clearly unveils the relation with the history of Pre-Cinema.

See more Magic curiosity related ephemera on 'Early Visual Media'.

See 5 more books on the 'History of Magic' in English and German language: Houdini, Magic, Zauberkunste, Houdini speaks out, Chapeau. And an extraordinary book by the greatest 'sleight of hand' Illusionists, Ricky Jay.
 
 

 
 
The Haunted - A Social History of Ghosts
by Owen Davis.
 
(information from publisher)    
The Haunted - A Social History of Ghosts.


The Haunted is the first exhaustive cultural history of ghosts in England, also exploring the subject in Europe and America. Rather than merely a catalogue of famous hauntings, this book focuses on the changing perception of and interaction with ghosts at different social levels from the medieval period to the present.

Ghosts help us understand some surprising continuities and changes in society over time; belief in them has been manipulated for political and religious purposes, generated social panics and scandals, been a perennial source of literary inspiration and learned investigation.

This book explores the ideas that, for all the intellectual and scientific advances of the last five centuries, the belief in ghosts continues to be vibrant and socially relevant today, and that an understanding of the history of ghosts helps explain why we continue to feel haunted by the people of the past.

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

See some the Haunted Victorian Theatre on Early Visual Media. .
 
 

 
 
 
The Mass Image,
a Social History of Photomechanical Reproduction in Victorian London
By Gerry Beegan.
 
(information from publisher)    

The Mass Image, a Social History of Photomechanical Reproduction in Victorian London.


Walter Benjamin's The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction (1936) identified the cultural shift that occurred at the end of the nineteenth century, when photomechanical techniques destabilized existing visual hierarchies and helped initiate the modern media.

The Mass Image provides the first substantial account of the emergence of the photographically reproduced image as it traces the expansion of imagery that transformed the artistic and cultural landscape of the 1890s.

This book looks in detail at the illustrators, photographers, editors, publishers, wood engravers, and reproduction firms who commissioned, originated, and produced images in popular illustrated magazines. The book demonstrates that photomechanical reproduction was central to an explosion of hybrid hand drawn and photographic imagery. These visual fragments provided readers with a meaningful picture of the surfaces of everyday modernity.

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

 
 

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

 
 
 
Children and Theatre in Victorian Britain
by Anne Varty
 
(information from publisher)
 

'Children and Theatre in Victorian Britain.

The cult of the child performer was a significant emergence of the Victorian age. Nurtured by growing mass media, the commodification of these children extended beyond the stage itself into merchandising and celebrity.

Victorian theatre children found themselves not merely baubles in a spectacle, but essential ingredients of Victorian entertainment. This centre-staging was echoed in the political realm: Lewis Carroll, Augustus Harris and Millicent Fawcett stood at the forefront of a fierce public debate between a Victorian public impassioned by juvenile display and social reformers determined to stamp out exploitation.

This is the first major study of children in Victorian theatre. It exposes contradictions between Victorian conceptions of childhood and fashions in theatrical taste. Forgotten scripts are rediscovered, while new light is shed on familiar texts such as Alice in Wonderland and Pirates of Penzance. At the centre are the child actors, the social, political and artistic context of their working lives, and their developing professionalism.

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

 
 

 
 
 
l'Enfer de la Bibliothèque - Eros au Secret
BnF - Bibliothèque Nationale de France.
 
     

Enfer

'l'Enfer de la Bibliothèque - Eros au Secret'

This is a fascinating catalogue about the erotic & pornographic collection of books, prints & photographs in the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris.

For the first time these carefully hidden treasures are put on display for the general public from 16 to 99 or older. The latter age limit is rather strange since a myriad of pornographic images are freely available to all via digital television and the internet.

In comparison to the latter unlimited amount of unprotected dubious sources, today, the reproduced works of the library's Hell lost their true pornographic content and meaning for the benefit of their interesting historical importance and rarity.

This unprecedented exhibition and catalogue also show evident relevance with the history of Visual Media which also know many hidden erotic treasures from anamorphic images to silent pornographic cinema.

Both, catalogue & exhibition unveil, among many other curiosities, a Buffon imitating binding containing a large set of hand colored pornographic stereo cards by August Belloc (1805 - 1867).
Page 235 illustrate a very rare pornographic phenakistiscope disc. Click cover to visit Hell in the BnF. Click on cover for more information or to order this book.
 
Visit the Nudes on Early Visual Media

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
Houdini Speaks Out - "I'm Houdini ! And you are a fraud !"
By Arthur Moses.
 
     

Conjuring tricks, magic lantern slides, silent movie screen actor, escapism, mediums & spiritism, "this book has it all !!!". Arthur Moses, one of the authorities on the amazing life of Harry Houdini, describes the career of this celebrated magician & escape artist.

Although a trough believer in the afterlife, Houdini spent much of his time in unmasking spiritist mediums, claiming they had access to the world of the deceased. Being a conjuror and illusionist, Houdini was the right man to become an avid 'debunker of spiritualism'.

The book is partly illustrated with a set of magic lantern slides, initially used by Houdini by the aid of a magic lantern, to show audiences different techniques of spiritualist fraudulent techniques.

Houdini soon became worldwide famous as an illusionist and magician but is especially remembered by most people as an escape artist able to free himself from every deprivation of liberty.

Only few men lived such an intriguing live which makes this book an inevitable addition for all libraries of conjurors, pre-cinema collectors, photo & film historians & today's spiritualists.
Click on cover for more information or to order this book.

See more Magic curiosity related ephemera on 'Early Visual Media'.

"I'm Houdini ! And you are a fraud !"

See 5 more books on the 'History of Magic' in English and German language: Houdini, Magic, Zauberkunste, Rare Kunste, Chapeau.
And an extraordinary book by the greatest
'sleight of hand' Illusionists, Ricky Jay.
 
 

 
 
 
William Haggar - Fairground Film maker
By Peter Yorke.
 
     

William Haggar - Fairground Film maker.
Biography of a Pioneer of the Cinema.

Since most people came in contact with the invention of cinemathography on Fairground, a biography on the life of a Fairground exhibitor offers a wonderful look behind the scenes of these earliest pioneer public filmscreenings.

The author, Peter Yorke, is William Haggar's great-grandson which gives the book an even more greater appeal since the story is based on oral reminiscences, unpublished family memoirs and contemporary press reports.
Read more about the book on the author's website.

This book is a must for all interested in Victorian itinerant theatres, fairground bioscope shows, the films by Haggar himself and popular entertainment at the end of the
19th. and the dawn of the 20th. Century in general.

'William Haggar - Fairground Film maker' can be ordered directly from:
Áccent Press Ltd.
Click on cover for more information or to order this book.

See also Routledge's Encyclopedia of Early Cinema
Visit another Fairground exhibitor on Early Visual Media.

 
 

 
 
 
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.
 
 

 
 
 
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
 
 

 
 
 
Montreurs et Vues d' Optique
by Pierre Levie.
 
     
This book on the Peepshow and Peepshow Views is a wondrous and well illustrated new addition to Media Archeology. No matter the 'Boîte d' Optique' is one of those important historical Media treasures, still little is known about his public and private use as well as the images that where shown when peeping inside.

Pierre Levie, Belgian filmmaker, unveils additional information about this and related early popular entertainments. E.g. the transparent views and spectacles of puppeteer Jean Baptiste Van Weymersch (1780 - 1857) who happened to stay two months in Lede, the village where I grew-up.

'Showmen and Perspective Views' is published in French by Editions Sofidoc and offers a
Mondo Niovo of historical information about this early optical 17th. & 18th. century apparatus and how it was used.

Visit the Peepshow page on Early Visual Media.
 
 

 
 
 
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.
 
 

 
 
 
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.
 
 

 
 
 
 
Prints Abound: Paris in the 1890s
Phillip Dennis Cate - Gale B. Murray - Richard Thomson

Prints Abound is a slightly off topic book on the Visual Media publication page.
However, it offers the time spirit of many devices and themes discussed in a lot of V.M. sectors.

The book offers many wonderful colorprints, often related to the world op Cabaret and vaudeville.
19th. Century popular printing techniques where, comparable to photographs, responsible for a widespread collectors gadget.

The cover features a nice print of Pierre Bonnard, a slightly misunderstand artist until recently. Further it also offers a selection of most famous cabaret visitor Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, mainly related to the 'Chat Noir' at Monmartre.

Obviously, the depicting of the nude and risque image is a recurring subject in 'Prints abound' as can be seen in the work of Pierre Bonnard, Edouard Vuillard, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Paul Gauguin and Odilon Redon.

This major exhibition catalogue can be ordered from Lund Humphries, same publisher for "Eyes, Lies and Illusions / The Art of Deception
", further on this page.

Click cover for more information.
 
 

 
Gothic News
Two new exhibition catalogues focusing on the 'Gothic' theme in artworks through history. 'Fussli, the Wild Swiss' is a comprehensive and lavishly illustrated catalogue on the work of 'Master painter of Horror', Henry Fuseli (1741 - 1825). This exhibition was on display in the Kunsthaus Zürich until January 2006. The retrospective catalogue illustrates a complete overview of all aspects of Fuseli's work, a Swiss born painter who established himself in England. Beside his gothic images, the erotic drawings of Fuseli are unveiled in this major publication.

The Wild Swiss catalogue is available in the original German language and an English translation, lacking one chapter of the original. This missing chapter, "Von Füssli bis Frankenstein" by Martin Myrone (Tate Britain) is most of interest to the pre-film & early film enthusiast but can be found in the Tate catalogue of the current exhibition 'Gothic Nightmares, Fuseli, Blake and the Romantic Imagination'.

'Gothic Nightmares', unlike the Wild Swiss is focusing on a group of artists who produced work in the horror genre. Central painting is Fuseli's infamous work 'The Nightmare' among many other Gothic works by the latter. Additionally, the Tate is confronting these works of Henry Fuseli with paintings of other visionary Gothic Horror painters such as William Blake (1757 - 1827), Philippe Jacques de Loutherbourg (1740 - 1812), Theodor von Holst (1810 - 1844), etc. This catalogue / exhibition explores the nightmare theme from the
18th. Century till modern culture, including pre-film, film and the Visual Arts. A less known 'Nightmare' by N. A. Abildgaard(1743 - 1809), not included in the TATE exhibition, can be seen here.

- Gothic Nightmares-
 

- Fussli The Wild Swiss- .


Gothic Nightmares

Fuseli, Blake and the
Romantic Imagination



Füssli

The Wild Swiss




Click covers for information
 
Including: "Fuseli to Frankenstein: The Visual Arts in the Context of the Gothic" by Martin Myrone, curator of the Gothic Nightmares exhibition.

'Gothic Nightmares' explores the period from 1770 to 1830, which was also the time and era of the Phantasmagoria, a pre-film Gothic Horror projected show. For the first time this popular entertainment genre of the Phantasmagoria is linked with the horror genre seen in major works of art.

Magic Lantern Society member Dr. Mervyn Heard produced a story board for an installation in this Tate exhibition featuring a myriad of Ghost's (magic lantern slides) projected in a darkened room within the exhibition. This recreation of a Phantasmagoria show uses copies of extant slide material from different collections, including 'The cabinet of Physics' (Helsinki), Hauch's Physiske Cabinet (Sorø), Martin Gilbert collection, Early Visual Media.

Dr. Mervyn Heard recently published his Phantasmagoria: The Secret Life of the Magic Lantern, reproducing phantasmagoria slides from the latter and others collections. More information about this important new book can be found further on this page. For the serious enthusiast in the depiction of Horror, both exhibition catalogues together with Dr. Heard's new book are an essential addition to any personal Gothic library.
 
 

 
 
 
Technology: Art, Fairground and Theatre.
By Petran Kockelkoren.
 
Techniek: Kunst, Kermis en Theater.    

Technology: Art, Fairground and Theatre.

'Technology: Art, Fairground and Theatre' presents a highly diverse parade of inventions that have influenced our perceptions marches: from the perspective paintings of the Renaissance, continuing with the notorious 'train sicknesses' of the nineteenth century, to the modernday 'helicopter view'.

A constant feature of the sensory transformation through history is instruments and machinery, from the camera obscura, via the stereoscope to the multimedia art of today. And in the same way, an ever-returning question is what these things do to us.

Petran Kockelkoren (1949) holds the chair in Art and Technology at the Department of Philosophy, University of Twente. He also holds a lectorship Art and Technology at ArtEZ, Institute of the Arts. This book is a revised version of Kockelkoren's inaugural oration, published as part of the series 'Fascinations.

'The Cinema of Attractions Reloaded' can be ordered directly from: NAi Publishers

This book is available in English or in Dutch.
Click on cover for more information or to order this book.

Visit the Fairground page on Early Visual Media.

Art-Fairground-Theatre
 
 

 
 
 
The Travelling Cinemathograph Show
by Kevin Scrivens & Stephen Smith.
 
     
The Travelling Cinemathograph Show.
(information from publisher)

Acknowledged as a classic book detailing the advent of moving pictures in Britain and its transfer to the fairgrounds, at first as a novelty in small booths, and then its subsequent growth into magnificent travelling picture palaces.

The book attempts to catalogue every show that travelled Great Britain, with many detailed biographical notes about the people that travelled them.

There is also a detailed biographical section on the mechanical organs which were attached to the shows and the intense competition in the fairground organ building industry in Paris.

'The Travelling Cinemathograph Show' can be ordered directly from:
info@joylandbooks.com

ISBN Number: 0 9535067 0 2
Click cover to open the Joylandbooks bookpage.

Visit the Fairground page on Early Visual Media.
See also Routledge's Encyclopedia of Early Cinema
 
 

 
 
 
PERSPEKTÍVA - PERSPECTIVE
PERSPEKTÍVA - PERSPECTIVE is an important Hungarian catalogue published both in English & Hungarian language.

Various contributions are of interest to the Visual Media enthusiast.

Perspective often plays an important role in pre-cinematic devices and optical toys, e.g. the peepshow view, anamorphic images, camera obscura.

Loplop Peep-Show illustrates' a modern peepshow constructed by stop-motion animation filmers 'The Brothers Quay'.

This large format catalogue (520 pages) can be ordered from Miklos Peternak.
 
 

 
 
"EXTRAORDINARY EXHIBITIONS" - Ricky Jay
EXTRAORDINARY NEW BOOK RELEASE
 
 

" EXTRAORDINARY EXHIBITIONS: THE WONDERFUL REMAINS OF AN ENORMOUS HEAD, THE WHIMSIPHUSICON & DEATH TO THE SAVAGE UNITARIANS "


Ricky Jay
, (°Brooklyn, 1948) 'sleight of hand' Illusionist wrote a book with an extraordinary title and contents.
The book is based on 17th., 18th. and 19th. Century playbills from Jay's own collection.

This Wonderfull volume with the most suitable and sober layout astonish us through 'sensational, scientific, satisfying, silly and startling attractions' as described on the "The Museum of Jurassic Technology Bookstore"

Featured are a ghost showman, a singing mouse, a chess playing automaton, a cannon ball juggler, an African hermaphrodite, a chicken incubating machine, a rabbi with prodigious memory, a ventriloquist, a spirit medium, a glass blower, a woman magician, a speaking machine, a mermaid, a bullet catcher, a flea circus, etc., etc. etc.

This Sleight (old word for “cleverness") book is one of the few that 'brings back to life' those itinirent fairground actors and their wondrous acts.


Apart of being one of the world's greatest's sleight-of-hand artists and an expert in the world of fantastic entertainment, Ricky Jay featured in many films directed by David Mamet.


Order this book here or here
If you like Early Visual Media, you will love this book
See 5 more books on the 'History of Magic' in English and German language: Houdini, Magic, Zauberkunste, Rare Kunste, Houdini speaks out, Chapeau.

See more Magic curiosity related ephemera on 'Early Visual Media'.

June 2005 / Broadsides from the collection of Ricky Jay
ISBN: 1-59372-012-2 / 10x13 inches / 76 color reproductions / 176 pages


"Extraordinary Exhibitions" was published in conjunction with the show "Extraordinary Exhibitions: Broadsides from the Collection of Ricky Jay" and curated by Renny Pritikin.
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts / from January 23 through April 3, 2005.


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