Scottish photographer John Thomson (1837-1921) is renowned for his pioneering book "Street Life in London", admired as a classic of social documentary. In a career which included portfolios shot in difficult conditions in the Far East, and a studio portraiture business, Thomson also took time to translate and edit this unique book.
First published in 1876, "A History and Handbook of Photography" became a standard reference work of the period. It blends a highly readable history of the invention and development of photography with a detailed account of late-19th century photographic practice - a time when the making of a single 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 key 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 collodion process
This book provides a fascinating insight into both the history and the day-to-day practicalities of photography - at a time when excitement about this burgeoning new technology was at its height.
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