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Capturing the Light

The Birth of Photography, A True Story of Genius and Rivalry
Watson, Roger (Book - 2013 )
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"An intimate look at the journeys of two men--a gentleman scientist and a visionary artist--as they struggled to capture the world around them, and in the process invented modern photography. During the 1830s, in an atmosphere of intense scientific enquiry fostered by the industrial revolution, two quite different men--one in France, one in England--developed their own dramatically different photographic processes in total ignorance of each other's work. These two lone geniuses--Henry Fox Talbot in the seclusion of his English country estate at Lacock Abbey and Louis Daguerre in the heart of post-revolutionary Paris--through diligence, disappointment and sheer hard work overcame extraordinary odds to achieve the one thing man had for centuries been trying to do--to solve the ancient puzzle of how to capture the light and in so doing make nature 'paint its own portrait'. With the creation of their two radically different processes--the Daguerreotype and the Talbotype--these two giants of early photography changed the world and how we see it. Drawing on a wide range of original, contemporary sources and featuring plates in colour, sepia and black and white, many of them rare or previously unseen, Capturing the Light charts an extraordinary tale of genius, rivalry and human resourcefulness in the quest to produce the world's first photograph"--
Authors: Watson, Roger (Museum curator)
Title: Capturing the light
the birth of photography, a true story of genius and rivalry
Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Press,, 2013.
Edition: First U.S. Edition.
Characteristics: x, 306 pages, 16 uunumbered pages of color plates :,color illustrations ;,25 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Contents: Prologue: My First Daguerreotype
The Locked Treasure Room
Shadowgrams
The Box of Wonders
An Inheritance
The Panorama
An Innate Love of Knowledge
More Beautiful than Nature
Lacock Abbey
Seeking the Impossible
The Heliograph
The Melancholy Artist
Fixing the Image
The Latticed Window, August 1835
The Magic Cabinet
The Most Wonderful Discovery Ever Made
From Today, Painting is Dead
Photogenic Drawing.
Summary: "An intimate look at the journeys of two men--a gentleman scientist and a visionary artist--as they struggled to capture the world around them, and in the process invented modern photography. During the 1830s, in an atmosphere of intense scientific enquiry fostered by the industrial revolution, two quite different men--one in France, one in England--developed their own dramatically different photographic processes in total ignorance of each other's work. These two lone geniuses--Henry Fox Talbot in the seclusion of his English country estate at Lacock Abbey and Louis Daguerre in the heart of post-revolutionary Paris--through diligence, disappointment and sheer hard work overcame extraordinary odds to achieve the one thing man had for centuries been trying to do--to solve the ancient puzzle of how to capture the light and in so doing make nature 'paint its own portrait'. With the creation of their two radically different processes--the Daguerreotype and the Talbotype--these two giants of early photography changed the world and how we see it. Drawing on a wide range of original, contemporary sources and featuring plates in colour, sepia and black and white, many of them rare or previously unseen, Capturing the Light charts an extraordinary tale of genius, rivalry and human resourcefulness in the quest to produce the world's first photograph"--
Local Note: 15 29 35 53 118 133 175 210 216 276
Additional Contributors: Rappaport, Helen
ISBN: 1250009707
9781250009708
Statement of Responsibility: Roger Watson and Helen Rappaport
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages [278]-295) and index.
Subject Headings: Photography England History 19th century. Photography France History 19th century. Inventors England Biography. Inventors France Biography. Photographers England Biography. Photographers France Biography. Talbot, William Henry Fox, 1800-1877. Daguerre, Louis Jacques Mandé, 1787-1851.
Topical Term: Photography
Photography
Inventors
Inventors
Photographers
Photographers
LCCN: 2013025241
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