A History and Handbook of Photography

"A newly-designed, richly illustrated - and highly readable - classic of photography by a pioneering photographer - from a time when making a photograph took many hours, not a split-second". 



Scottish photographer John Thomson (1837-1921) is renowned for his pioneering book Street Life in London, widely regarded as a classic of social documentary and as laying the foundations for today's photojournalism. In a career which also included a series of outstanding photographic portfolios - shot in challenging conditions - documenting life, landscape and architecture in the Far East, followed by a successful studio portraiture business in London, Thomson also took time to translate and edit this edition of Gaston Tissandier's book. 
First published in 1876, it was a standard reference work of the period, and blends a concise and highly readable history of the invention and development of photography with a uniquely readable account of late-19th century photographic practice - a time when the making of a new image could be measured in hours rather than seconds. 
This newly-designed and typeset, richly illustrated, 276-page edition provides - for the first time - a highly readable and accessible selection from the original Victorian edition.
Among the many fascinating topics addressed are:
  • The arrangement of a good studio
  • lighting the object to be photographed
  • Coating the glass plate with collodion
  • Developing, fixing and varnishing the negative
  • Preparing the photographic paper for printing
  • Toning and pressing the proofs
  • The necessity for long practice
  • Photography and travel
  • How to remedy accidents with negatives and prints
  • Colouring photographs
  • Apparatus employed for enlarging negative proofs
  • Waxed paper and carbon processes
  • The dry collodion process 
PUBLICATION CONTENTS
Preface
History
The Origin of Photography
Daguerre
Nicéphore Niepce
The Niepce-Daguerre Partnership
The Daguerreotype
The Progress of a New Art
Photography
Operations and Processes
The Studio and Apparatus
The Negative
The Positive on Paper
Theory and Practice
Retouching
Enlargement of Proofs
Processes
Problems to be Solved
Appendix
PUBLICATION DETAILS
Title: A History and Handbook of Photography
Author: Gaston Tissandier
Editor and Translator: John Thomson
First published: 1876
ISBN: 978-1-907697-82-1 [paperback] | 978-1-907697-83-8 [hardback] | 978-1-907697-84-5 [eBook]
Size: 203 x 127mm
Illustrations: 38
Pages: 276 
Price: £27.95 [paperback] | £57.95 [hardback] | eBook £19.95
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