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Learn about the history of photography with these books and videos. This list was created by a librarian at The Seattle Public Library to accompany Beyond the Frame, a year-long commemoration, through programs and exhibits, of the 150th anniversary of the birth of renowned photographer Edward S. Curtis and the history and culture of Native Americans.

 

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The Inventors

The Inventors

I am at the dawning of a new world," wrote Nicu00e9phore Niu00e9pce in 1827 after he used a camera obscura to fix the scene outside his window onto a metal plate, thus creating the world's first surviving photograph. "View from the Window at Le Gras" far surpassed earlier attempts to capture images using methods that only managed to reproduce outlines and shadows. This program traces the early history of photography, from Renaissance dabblings with the camera obscura up to the 19th century, when the calotype overtook the daguerreotype as the photographic medium of choice. Explaining both the technical processes of the first cameras and their capabilities, the video shows how inventors including Niu00e9pce, Thomas Wedgwood, Henry Fox Talbot, Hippolyte Bayard, and Louis Daguerre pushed the boundaries of composition, lighting, and portraiture with each new advance in photography.


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America and the Tintype

America and the Tintype
Kasher, Steven


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A Little Bit of Magic Realized: William Fox Talbot's Discovery

A Little Bit of Magic Realized: William Fox Talbot's Discovery

William Fox Talbot was a brilliant scholar determined to capture the magic of the camera obscura in some permanent, reproducible form. In 1835, he discovered the negative-positive process, and went on to prove himself an exceptional creative photographer. This program explains the technical aspects of his work and shows many of his most beautiful and thought-provoking results.


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100 Ideas That Changed Photography

100 Ideas That Changed Photography
Marien, Mary Warner


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Menadelook: An Inupiat Teacher's Photographs of Alaska Village Life, 1907-1932

Menadelook: An Inupiat Teacher's Photographs of Alaska Village Life, 1907-1932
Menadelook, Charles


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The Mythic Camera of Frank Hurley

The Mythic Camera of Frank Hurley

One of the last of the renowned imperial adventurers, Frank Hurley captured the first images ever seen of some of the world's most inhospitable and uncharted territories. But historians now know that some of "Captain Hurley's" photos were elaborate concoctions-and a few were outright fakes. This stimulating program follows Hurley's footsteps in the early 1900s to the Antarctic, Belgium, Papua New Guinea, Israel, and Australia to see if he was a giant of photography or a conjurer with a camera. His snapshots of Antarctic heroes, world wars, and mysterious natives in faraway jungles seized the imagination of all who saw them. But were those images transformed in the darkroom to the level of myth?


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The Dawn of the Color Photograph: Albert Kahn's Archives of the Planet

The Dawn of the Color Photograph: Albert Kahn's Archives of the Planet
Okuefuna, David


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The Primitives of Photography, 1850-1860

The Primitives of Photography, 1850-1860

With an overview of its pioneers - called "the primitives of photography" by Felix Nadar - this program explores the brief golden era between the time that photography was invented and the time it became an industry. The transformation of the camera from mere recording device to new artistic medium is seen in works that feature deliberate composition as well as in staged photos and composite prints. The technical processes by which photographers enhanced their works is also explained, especially in the creation of Oscar Rejlander's precursor of Photoshop, "The Two Ways of Life." Among others, the video covers Henry Fox Talbot, Hippolyte Bayard, u00c9douard Baldus, Gustave Le Gray, and Henry Peach Robinson, focusing on "Open Door," "Self Portrait as a Drowned Man," "Cloister at St. Triomphe in Arles," and "Fading Away." A part of the series Photo.


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A History of Photography in 50 Cameras

A History of Photography in 50 Cameras
Pritchard, Michael


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The Photographer's Eye

The Photographer's Eye
Szarkowski, John


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