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First impressions are, wow, I wont ever read that. But, stick with it, yes itís a big book, but boy is it a good read.
This book is a 25th Anniversary edition, showcasing just a small sample of the 400,000 plus images that the George Eastman Collection holds. It gives a truly fascinating insight into the processes, and development of the craft over the decades.
Your journey starts right back at the very beginning of Photography. In 1839, the world saw the release of two types of photographic process. The Daguerreotype by Louis-Jacques-Mande Daguerre, and, the negative/positive process by Henry Fox Talbot. From here you can follow the history right through to the more modern processes and equipment.
Although its almost 800 pages long, the book is positively packed full with reproductions of early photographs, and images. You can see images from the construction of the Empire State Building, and the perilous conditions the workers had to endure, right through to more traditional landscapes and portraits. You can learn about the mistakes made along the way, different equipment, and chemical experiments in the ever growing demand for better and faster Photographic equipment. How Photography was first used to create records of events, and perhaps even the start of photojournalism.
If you want to learn about the history of Photography and the people who pioneered the processes we know and understand today then I would highly recommend this book as essential reading material.