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Curious Cameras is a visual journey through the evolution of the camera, from the earliest daguerreotype camera through to novelty toy cameras.
If you have an interest in cameras through the ages then this is the book for you. Featuring 183 cool cameras from the strange to the spectacular, author Todd Gustavson starts at the very beginning, with an explanation of how the daguerreotype process works.
There are many weird and wonderful cameras here and the knowledge acquired of these to be able to write the book is quite phenomenal.
The book is split into 6 sections – Daguerreotype, Collodion, Dry-Plate, Film, In camera processing and the digital revolution, and Toy cameras.
Each camera mentioned is given a full of half page spread, complete with an image, information about the year made, person acclaimed for the invention and the place in which it was invented.
It's really interesting to learn about the cameras but also the context in which they were invented, the mood at the time and what factors influenced the invention.
It's amazing to see some of the odd designs that were though up, including cameras disguised as pistol revolvers and walking stick toppers and novelty toy cameras in lots of fun and whacky shapes and guises.
This will make a great coffee table book for any photographer. It makes you think about how future technology will mould our designs and what cameras of the future might look like.