Photography through the Lens of History
Learn about the history of photography with these books and videos. This list was created by a librarian at The Seattle Public Library to accompany Beyond the Frame, a year-long commemoration, through programs and exhibits, of the 150th anniversary of the birth of renowned photographer Edward S. Curtis and the history and culture of Native Americans.
Photography: The Definitive Visual History
Format: Book - 2014 First American editionView Photography: The Definitive Visual History
Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History, 1843 to the Present
"From the creator/editor of Who Shot Rock & Roll ("I loved this book" --Dwight Garner, The New York Times. "Whatever Gail Buckland writes, I want to read"), a book that brings together the work of 165 extraordinary photographers, most of their images heralded, most of their names unknown; photographs that capture the essence of athletesu0019 mastery of mind/body/soul against the odds, doing the impossible, seeming to defy the laws of gravity, the laws of physics, and showing what human will, discipline, drive, and desire look like when suspended in time. The first book to show the range, cultural importance, and aesthetics of sports photography, much of it legendary, all of it powerful,"--Amazon.com.
Format: Book - 2016 First editionView Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History, 1843 to the Present
The Camera Does the Rest: How Polaroid Changed Photography
Format: Book - 2016View The Camera Does the Rest: How Polaroid Changed Photography
The Chinese Photobook: From the 1900s to the Present
Newly revised histories of photography as recorded via the photobook have added enormously to our understanding of the mediumu0019s culture, particularly in places that are often marginalized, such as Latin America and Africa. However, until now, only a handful of Chinese books have made it onto historians' short lists. Yet China has a fascinating history of photobook publishing, and The Chinese Photobook reveals for the first time the richness and diversity of this heritage. Now available in a smaller size, this more accessibly priced hardcover edition is based on a collection compiled by Martin Parr and Beijing- and London-based Dutch photographer team WassinkLundgren. And while the collection was inspired initially by Parr's interest in propaganda books and in finding key works of socialist realist photography from the early days of the Communist Party and the Cultural Revolution era, the selection of books includes key volumes published as early as 1900, as well as contemporary volumes by emerging Chinese photographers.
Format: Book - 2016 Second editionView The Chinese Photobook: From the 1900s to the Present
The Developing Image (1900-1934)
Although photography was invented in the first half of the 19th century, the beginning of the 20th century marked extraordinary changes. The Developing Image travels back to the very first time in history when inexpensive hand-held cameras gave ordinary people the opportunity to create their own visual images. Through archival footage and interviews with historians and notable photographers, the film explores the age when suddenly pictures were a part of our daily lives: on passports, postcards, in the developing picture press, and in science. World War I photographs even convinced many reluctant Americans that they had a stake in this distant war, and advertisers embraced photography because of its ability to create a fantasy that seemed to be a plausible reality. By the end of the 1920s, photographs - little flat pictures that came to represent the truth - had made their way into virtually every corner of contemporary life.
Format: Streaming Video - 2011View The Developing Image (1900-1934)
The Eyes of Empire
Photography in the 19th century was often a tool of imperial science and exploration, with the photograph a scientific document or an expression or documentation of colonial life. This program draws on the anthropological photographic collections of the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford; the Royal Anthropological Institute and Museum of Mankind, London; and the Cambridge University Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology. The program also deals with the work of the amateur archaeologist Gertrude Bell, whose archive is at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.
Format: Streaming Video - 2012View The Eyes of Empire
Photobooth: A Biography
Format: Graphic Novel - 2014 First English editionView Photobooth: A Biography
For A Love of His People: The Photography of Horace Poolaw
"Horace Poolaw (Kiowa, 1906-84) was born during a time of great change for his American Indian people as they balanced age-old traditions with the influences of mainstream America. A rare American Indian photographer who documented Indian subjects, Poolaw began making a visual history in the mid-1920s and continued for the next fifty years. When he sold his photos, he often stamped the reverse: 'A Poolaw Photo, Pictures by an Indian, Horace M. Poolaw, Anadarko, Okla.' Not simply by 'an Indian,' but a Kiowa man strongly rooted in his multi-tribal community, Poolaw's work celebrates his subjects' place in American life and preserves an insider's perspective on a world few outsiders are familiar with--the Native America of the southern plains during the mid-twentieth century. [This book] is based on the Poolaw Photography Project, a research initiative established by Poolaw's daughter Linda in 1989 at Stanford University and carried on by Native scholars Nancy Marie Mithlo (Chiricahua Apache) and Tom Jones (Ho-Chunk) of the University of Wisconsin-Madison"--
Format: Book - 2014 First editionView For A Love of His People: The Photography of Horace Poolaw
Real/ideal: Photography in Mid-nineteenth-century France
"Accompanies an exhibition at the Getty Center in Los Angeles and explores the early history of photography in France, focusing on the photographers who worked with paper negatives, in particular u00c9douard Baldus, Gustave Le Gray, Henri Le Secq, and Charles Nu00e8gre"--Provided by publisher.
Format: Book - 2016View Real/ideal: Photography in Mid-nineteenth-century France
Curious Cameras: 183 Cool Cameras From the Strange to the Spectacular
"From cameras shaped like popular characters to tiny hidden spy cameras, this fascinating collection from the famed George Eastman House showcases some of the most unusual models ever created. On display in more than 200 images are curiosities like spy cameras, watch cameras, toy cameras, and more. Adapted from 500 Cameras: 170 Years of Photographic Innovation, this volume also features a new selection of photographs made with specific cameras in the collection, as well as typical images made by various camera types. Todd Gustavson, the Curator of Technology at the George Eastman House, traces the technology behind each one, and provides insights into the innovators behind the lenses."--Publisher's description. (9/24/2020 8:32:14 AM)
Format: Book - 2015 Abridged and revised editionView Curious Cameras: 183 Cool Cameras From the Strange to the Spectacular