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Brought to Light: Photography and the Invisible, 1840-1900 (Hardback)

Edité par Yale University Press, United States, 2008
ISBN 10: 0300142102 / ISBN 13: 9780300142105
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Titre : Brought to Light: Photography and the ...

Éditeur : Yale University Press, United States

Date d'édition : 2008

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre : New

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Language: English . Brand New Book. Brought to Light invites readers to step back to a time when photography, X-rays, and movies were new, when forays into the world beneath the skin or the realm beyond our everyday vision captivated scientists and the public alike. In this book, accounts of scientific experimentation blend with stories of showmanship to reveal how developments in 19th-century technology could enlighten as well as frighten and amaze. Through a series of 200 vintage images--produced by photographers, scientists, and amateur inventors--this book ultimately traces the rise of popular science. The images demonstrate early experiments with microscopes, telescopes, electricity and magnetism, motion studies, X-rays and radiation, and spirit photography. We learn how these pictures circulated among the public, whether through the press, world s fairs, or theaters. What started out as scientific progress, however, often took on the trappings of magic and superstition, as photography was enlisted to offer visual evidence of clairvoyance, spirits, and other occult influences. With beautifully reproduced plates and engaging narratives, this book embodies the aesthetic pleasures and excitement of the tale it tells. N° de réf. du libraire AAH9780300142105

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Synopsis : "Brought to Light" invites readers to step back to a time when photography, X-rays, and movies were new, when forays into the world beneath the skin or the realm beyond our everyday vision captivated scientists and the public alike. In this book, accounts of scientific experimentation blend with stories of showmanship to reveal how developments in nineteenth-century technology could enlighten as well as frighten and amaze. Through a series of 200 vintage images, produced by photographers, scientists, and amateur inventors, this book ultimately traces the rise of popular science.The images demonstrate early experiments with microscopes, telescopes, electricity and magnetism, motion studies, X-rays and radiation, and spirit photography. We learn how these pictures circulated among the public, whether through the press, world's fairs, or theatres. What started out as scientific progress, however, often took on the trappings of magic and superstition, as photography was enlisted to offer visual evidence of clairvoyance, spirits, and other occult influences. With beautifully reproduced plates and engaging narratives, this book embodies the aesthetic pleasures and excitement of the tale it tells.

Critique: "... an exemplary piece of research into, and unravelling of, a particular revelatory moment in photography's past."
--British Journal of Photography, 29th April 2009

"... the book is a splendid exposition of the role of photography in this exciting era."
--Graham Saxby, Royal Photographic Society Journal, 1st April 2009

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