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    History of photography

    Hi all,

    Stumbled upon this page, discussing the History of Photography. Now there are probably tons of it, but I liked this as it puts the invention of photography in the wider context of arts' history. Also well illustrated with photos. It is a long read though, covering 12 chapters... I only just scratched the surface starting to read it:

    http://www.all-art.org/history658_photography1.html

    It seems part of a much bigger and interesting site, covering the "History" of "all" art forms:

    http://www.all-art.org

    I have no idea who is behind it, there is no "About" on these pages, but it must have been quite a monumental task compiling all this.

    By the way, I compiled some PDF files of the "History of Photography" pages, to keep as a reference. If any one is interested, send me a PM with your e-mail address, and I will e-mail them. Please note you will need to be able to receive some 23 MB in your mailbox though...

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    Thanks Marco,

    I just glanced through it. It is very comprehensive, and yet confusing, as I did not know where to find a certain chapter referred to in the text.

    And, concerning us old farts here: it employs the new monitor aspect ratio. Which means I had to reduce the page scale and still to re-place the page content each turn of a page to keep everything readable.

    Looking at the early colour section I miss the colour separation technique, as they put emphasize on Autochrome, but yet found a lot of colour images I did not know yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AgX View Post
    Thanks Marco,

    I just glanced through it. It is very comprehensive, and yet confusing, as I did not know where to find a certain chapter referred to in the text.
    Chapter references are on all chapter pages at the top, directly below the sepia toned image of the woman.

    I now also realize that the authors name of these pages is listed there: Naomi Rosenblum.

    Quote Originally Posted by AgX View Post
    And, concerning us old farts here at: it employs the new monitor aspect ratio. Which means I had to reduce the page scale and still to re-place the page content each turn of a page to keep everything readable.
    No, that is just bad web page formatting... one of the reasons I compiled the PDFs I wrote about in my first page. If you have some space left in your e-mail box, I can send them to you for easier reading.
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    "Analog is chemistry + physics, digital is physics + math, which ones did you like most?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by AgX View Post
    Looking at the early colour section I miss the colour separation technique, as they put emphasize on Autochrome, but yet found a lot of colour images I did not know yet.
    Well, the texts seems more the work of an art historian, than a technical photography specialist... so there may be small errors in the described techniques or processes. Still, I find it an interesting read.
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    "I don't know, maybe we should disinvent color, and we could just shoot Black & White." - David Burnett in 1978

    "Analog is chemistry + physics, digital is physics + math, which ones did you like most?"

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    Maybe I came over quite negative. No, this IS interesting reading.

    (My positive comment was mainly hiding in the "comprehensive"...)
    Last edited by AgX; 08-25-2010 at 05:22 AM. Click to view previous post history.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco B View Post
    I have no idea who is behind it, there is no "About" on these pages, ...
    From a WHOIS inquiry and some quick Googling, I found this: http://www.aboutus.org/All-Art.org
    Those who know, shoot film

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    Quote Originally Posted by IloveTLRs View Post
    From a WHOIS inquiry and some quick Googling, I found this: http://www.aboutus.org/All-Art.org
    Thanks, I also already realized the author of the photography related section IS actually mentioned. Her name is included on the first sepia toned image of the reclining woman visible on each chapter page: Naomi Rosenblum.

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    "I don't know, maybe we should disinvent color, and we could just shoot Black & White." - David Burnett in 1978

    "Analog is chemistry + physics, digital is physics + math, which ones did you like most?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco B View Post
    Naomi Rosenblum.

    Marco
    She is the author of a popular text used in the History of Photography course I took a couple of years ago. That book competes with the more traditional text by of the same name by Beaumont Newhall. The first is thought to have better quality picture reproduction, the later better quality and in depth commentary. Reading both gives you the best of both worlds.

    http://www.amazon.com/World-History-.../dp/0789203294

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    Well, this seems her website:

    http://www.rosenblumphoto.org/na_bio.html

    I am beginning to wonder though, what her relationship with the All Art website is, if any, if there is a copyrighted printed book by Abbeville Press too:

    http://www.abbeville.com/bookpage.as...=9780789209467

    Well, considering the original book is a staggering 695 pages, I guess the webpages can not be more than a excerpt from the book...

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    "Analog is chemistry + physics, digital is physics + math, which ones did you like most?"

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    Thanks once again Marco , I enjoy your threads.

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