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Capturing the Light: A Story of Genius, Rivalry and the Birth of Photography (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Roger Watson , Helen Rappaport

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'A history of the birth of photography told as a fierce race between two rivals ... Reads like a scientific thriller' Observer 'A lively introduction to the subject, illustrated with vivid examples of the early photographers' art ... like photography itself, it seeks to inform and to entertain by the careful marshalling of contrast' Financial Times 'A cheerfully readable account of both the men and the magic, guiding us through the chemistry but never losing sight of the sheer wonderment in fixing an instant for eternity. The enthusiasm [of the authors] for those pioneering days of photography, the drama and the sense of something fabulous just over the horizon, is catching. The early story of photography is as rich and strange as all its consequences since' Bella Bathurst, Sunday Telegraph


The story of two lone geniuses and the extraordinary race to invent photography.

At the heart of Capturing the Light, there lies a small scrap of purple-tinged paper, over 170 years old and about the size of a postage stamp. On it you can just make out a tiny, ghostly image – an image so small and perfect that ‘it might be supposed to be the work of some Lilliputian artist’; the world’s first photographic negative.

This captivating book traces the true story of two very different men in the 1830s, both striving to solve one of the world’s oldest problems: how to capture an image, and keep it for ever. On the one hand there is Henry Fox Talbot, a quiet, solitary gentleman-amateur scientist, tinkering away on his estate in the English countryside; on the other, Louis Daguerre: a flamboyant, charismatic French scenery-painter, showman and entrepreneur in search of fame and fortune.

Both men invented methods of photography that would enable ordinary people, for the first time in history, to illustrate their own lives and leave something behind of their passing. Photography would transform art, the documentation of both war and peace, and become so natural and widespread that now, each of us carries a camera everywhere with us, and takes this most magical of processes for granted.

Only one question remains: which man got there first?


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 8202 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 337 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0230764576
  • Verlag: Macmillan (25. April 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00BUOA29E
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent telling of the Fathers of Photography - A Very Good Read! 25. November 2013
Von Gene Bagdonas - Veröffentlicht auf
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I have read many books on the history of photography, genre, aesthetics, technology, and as art, but this book takes a somewhat different approach. The author’s stated theme is focused on the two inventors of photography, one a Frenchman, the other a Brit. Many may argue otherwise, but photography had two fathers, Louis Daguerre with Nicéphore Niépce as precursor and partner, and Henry Fox Talbot bringing to the world two completely different photographic systems, a unique direct positive on a silvered copper plate, the other a negative positive process on paper.

The authors provide a narrative filled with the personal history of the lives of each man, their relationships, their failures, and their successes. This is a well-composed book, some would say, “an easy read” as it takes the narrative form almost of a novel.
Other people besides Daguerre and Talbot enter the narrative, in particular Nicéphore Niépce, Isidore Niépce, and François Arago. But there are also others, such as Sir John Hershel, Sir David Brewster, Thomas Wedgwood, the largely unknown Alphonse Hubert, and Frederick Scott Archer.

However, the last several chapters move away from the narrative of Daguerre and Talbot and follow the technological advances that occurred after the Calotype and Daguerreotype of these two inventors, such as Archer’s wet plate collodion. The authors then follow the accepted trajectory of photographic history, ending with the technology of today.

The authors provide strong references and an extensive bibliography that if one were so inclined would provide anyone with an effective pathway to further study.

I rate this book highly, not only as a resource, but also mostly as a good read, and as the cover proclaims, “A true story of genius, rivalry and the birth of photography.”
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great historical summary of the early era of photography. 18. August 2013
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Great historical summary of the early era of photography. A must for every library relating to the history of the medium.
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