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Retro Cameras - The Collector's Guide to Vintage Film Photography

Retro Cameras is a guide to analogue film photography and manual cameras that both those who are just discovering the art, as well as those who have fond memories of using film cameras, will enjoy. Quick reference shooting guides accompany each camera type and more than100 camera models are included. There's plenty of practical advice on how to use each camera, along with buying tops, a glossary and what John thinks of each camera outlined in the book. It's a must-have for collectors ...

Curious Cameras

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...

Magnum Contact Sheets

Magnum Contact Sheets has been described as 'groundbreaking' in its previous incarnations, and this edition looks to be no different. The book is a collection of 139 contact sheets, from 69 photographers, and is basically all the best bits from the Magnum photographic archive. The book reveals how the very best shots were captured and edited by Magnum photographers. This edition has been newly re-formatted with 16 extra pages, with reproductions of over 200 photographs. Photographers...

Camera: A History of Photography from Daguerreotype to Digital

Camera: A History of Photography from Daguerreotype to Digital is an almanac for photographers. Documenting everything from the very beginnings of photography right through to the rise of the digital age and beyond, this book is a must for any photography enthusiast wanting to learn about just how the equipment they use came to be. Packed with all the information you could ever want to know about each and every camera, and going through them in order of their age, this book, is a great a...

Retromania: The Funkiest Cameras of Photography's Golden Age

Retromania – The Funkiest Cameras of Photography's Golden Age is certainly a captivating read, if nothing else. For someone relatively new to photography, perhaps someone who has grown up in the digital age and doesn't really know anything of the time before, this book is a real eye opener to cameras of all decades. It is great to see how cameras evolved over the years, especially these, the funkiest of all time! The book starts right back in 1907, with a Kodak Brownie, perhaps the first...

Prings Photographers Miscellany: Stories, Techniques, Tips & Trivia

This is a book that's full of random photography facts, trivia and fun photography related pieces. There are some gems that can be found in the pages but generally, it's a little bit too random and it doesn't seem to have any flow / order to it. It's all in black & white too which isn't that appealing, though the cover is interesting and the book is well made. It's a novel stocking filler that the photographer in your life will probably have a quick read over on Christmas day, put it on a sh...

Photo-texts: Contemporary French Writing of the Photographic Image (Contemporary French and Francophone Cultures)

This book won't be for everyone as the subject is very specific and to say it's a book about photography there really isn't that many images to view. It has the feel of a text book and unless you have a particularly interest in 'contemporary French writing of the photographic image' you really should give this one a miss.

Surrealist Photography (Photofile)

As a lover of surrealist art I have to say I was a little disappointed with this book. It's clear that many of the photographers had weird and wacky ideas but through the medium of photography they couldn't always achieve their "dreams" whereas with art they could explore the mind with greater ease. As a result it's a mixture of clever and wasted. I think the better surrealism books are those that combine photography and art. Certainly not the best in this (Photofile) series.

Concise Focal Encyclopedia of Photography

What this book does is take selection of content from the mammoth Fourth edition of the Focal Encyclopedia of Photography. The question is have the bits that have been taken been pulled together in a way that will satisfy an audience? Suggested readership of this book is photography enthusiasts, teachers, students, collectors. I'd delete enthusiasts and thing twice about suggesting it for collectors. Yes there are some useful sections biographies of selected 20th century photographers is an inte...

A History of Photography - From 1839 to the Present

First impressions are, wow, I wont ever read that. But, stick with it, yes it’s 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 photog...