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The Silver Canvas : Daguerreotypes Masterpieces from the J. Paul Getty Museum Hardcover – May 28, 1998

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; First Edition edition (May 28, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892363681
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892363681
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.9 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,319,054 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Lowrys, a former museum director and a photographer, respectively, have produced a useful and well-crafted addition to the literature of early photography. Ample text, neither dense nor too spare, apprises the interested reader of the significant role of Louis Jacques Mande Daguerre in the progress of photography toward an enduring, approachable medium. Daguerre schemed within the parameters of early photography, stretching them a bit to invent the process that would bear his name. There is much charm in the daguerreotypes that illustrate this book, which the Lowrys chose carefully from the large and exceptional collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum. Their selections illustrate how the process preserved images of people, places, and things on "the silver canvas" and how these works, often intended to be more documentary than artistic, built an aesthetic within constraints of light, equipment, and subject. Recommended for general collections.?David Bryant, New Canaan P.L.,
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Excellent, easy to follow coverage of Daguerre's contributions to photography and details of early daguerreotypists represented in the J Paul Getty Museum (California) collection. Valuable reference for students and collectors.Must-have in a historical photography library
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