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    Capturing the Light: The birth of photography (Pan Books) (Paperback) By (author) Roger Watson, By (author) Helen Rappaport

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    DescriptionCapturing the Light starts with a tiny scrap of purple-tinged paper, 176 years old and about the size of a postage stamp. On it you can just make out a tiny, ghostly image of a gothic window, 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 lives of two very different men in the 1830s, both racing to be the first 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 tinkering away on his farm in the English countryside. On the other Louis Daguerre, a flamboyant, charismatic French showman in search of fame and fortune. Only one question remains: who will get there first?

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    Capturing the Light
    The birth of photography
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Roger Watson, By (author) Helen Rappaport
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 300
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 197 mm
    Thickness: 21 mm
    Weight: 264 g
    ISBN 13: 9781447212584
    ISBN 10: 1447212584

    BIC E4L: PHO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.4
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JH
    BIC subject category V2: HBT, AJB
    BISAC V2.8: PHO011000
    Libri: ENGM3500, ENGM2000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25870
    BISAC V2.8: HIS000000
    BIC subject category V2: 3JH
    DC23: 770.922
    Thema V1.0: AJCD, NHT
    Pan MacMillan
    Imprint name
    Pan Books
    Publication date
    27 March 2014
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    Author Information
    Roger Watson is a world authority on the early history of photography. He is currently the Curator of the Fox Talbot Museum at Lacock Abbey and an occasional lecturer at DeMontfort University in Leicester. Helen Rappaport is a historian with a specialism in the nineteenth century and revolutionary Russia. She is the author of eight published books, including Ekaterinburg: The Last Days of the Romanovs and Magnificent Obsession: Victoria, Albert and the Death that Changed the Monarchy.
    Review quote
    'The history of photography told as a fierce race between two rivals ... Reads like a scientific thriller' Observer 'Cheerfully readable ... the authors' enthusiasm for those pioneering days of photography, the drama and the sense of something fabulous just over the horizon, is catching.' Sunday Telegraph