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The Daguerreotype: Nineteenth-Century Technology and Modern Science Paperback – April 10, 2000


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Examines how contemporary photographers and scientists understood the technology of the daguerreotype, the first photographic method, used from 1839 to the mid-1850s. Details the modern explanation of its mechanics and reviews the current means of image preservation and restoration. Of interest to historians of technology, and those involved with preservation efforts.

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Contains more information than any book that has ever come out on the daguerreotype. And it isn't all technical information; over half of the book is filled with diligent photo-historical research with lots of information on individual daguerreotypists and their work.

(Daguerreian Society Newsletter)

Barger and White's book will attract readers interested in the history of early photography and nineteenth-century technology. It provides indispensable information for collectors and restorers. The paperback edition will contribute to the preservation of photography's heritage.

(Joseph Wachelder Ambix)

About the Author

M. Susan Barger is an adjunct professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. William B. White is a professor of geochemistry at the Pennsylvania State University, University Park.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press; Johns Hopkins Pbk. Ed edition (April 10, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801864585
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801864582
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,383,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Robert C Hoare on January 25, 2002
Format: Paperback
An excellent study of a somewhat ignored area of early photographic practice. The authors are unusually detailed about the science of the process, some of which isn't really understood even today. But the narrative of the personalities involved in the early days is used to great effect throughtout. Daguerreotype isn't really my field, but I'm now fascinated!
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For anyone studying early photography this is an invaluable resource. Good background to process and scientific data to explain the process
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By Lisa Fitch on August 4, 2014
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Great Book.....!!! good price
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By SandyWells on October 11, 2003
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That is what the head of my fine art department told me when I was majoring in fine art photography years ago. This type of photographic collection and historical explanation is a part of American art history and not to be overlooked. The guys who worked in the mercury vapored darkrooms basically sacrificed their lives for some of this stuff. If you ever see these at estate sales, etc. buy them and put them away, there are only a limited number of them floating around from an era gone by. Great book, must have for the serious photographer.
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