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Capturing the Light : The birth of photography

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Capturing 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?show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 130 x 197 x 21mm | 264g
  • Pan MacMillan
  • Pan Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main Market Ed.
  • 1447212584
  • 9781447212584
  • 567,246

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`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 Telegraphshow more

About Roger Watson

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.show more

Table of contents

Section - i: List of IllustrationsSection - ii: Prologue: My First DaguerreotypeChapter - 1: The Locked Treasure RoomChapter - 2: ShadowgramsChapter - 3: The Box of WondersChapter - 4: An InheritanceChapter - 5: The PanoramaChapter - 6: An Innate Love of KnowledgeChapter - 7: More Beautiful than NatureChapter - 8: Lacock AbbeyChapter - 9: Seeking the ImpossibleChapter - 10: The HeliographChapter - 11: The Melancholy ArtistChapter - 12: Fixing the ImageChapter - 13: The Latticed Window, August 1835Chapter - 14: The Magic CabinetChapter - 15: The Most Wonderful Discovery Ever MadeChapter - 16: From Today, Painting is DeadChapter - 17: Photogenic DrawingChapter - 18: The Academie des Sciences, August 1839Chapter - 19: DaguerreotypomaniaChapter - 20: PortraitureChapter - 21: The Pencil of NatureChapter - 22: The Monopoly of the SunshineChapter - 23: The Great Exhibition of 1851Chapter - 24: The Reluctant InventorChapter - 25: Art or Science?Chapter - 26: The Mute Testimony of the PictureChapter - 27: The Eye of HistorySection - iii: Epilogue: Everyman's ArtAcknowledgements - iv: AcknowledgementsSection - v: NotesSection - vi: BibliographyIndex - vii: Indexshow more

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'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 Telegraphshow more

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