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Capturing the light : the birth of photography, a true story of genius and rivalry / Roger Watson and Helen Rappaport.

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Fulton Co PL - Rochester Main Library 770.92 WAT (Text) 33187003598576 Nonfiction Available -
Greensburg-Decatur Co PL - Greensburg 770.92 WATSON (Text) 32826012006094 Adult Non-Fiction Available -
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  In Honor of: Jerry & Judy Hornaday, Friends of the Library Benefactors, 2013

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  • ISBN: 9781250009708 (hardcover)
  • ISBN: 1250009707 (hardcover)
  • Physical Description: x, 306 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates ; 25 cm
  • Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2013.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 278-295) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Prologue: My First Daguerreotype -- The Locked Treasure Room -- Shadowgrams -- The Box of Wonders -- An Inheritance -- The Panorama -- An Innate Love of Knowledge -- More Beautiful than Nature -- Lacock Abbey -- Seeking the Impossible -- The Heliograph -- The Melancholy Artist -- Fixing the Image -- The Latticed Window, August 1835 -- The Magic Cabinet -- The Most Wonderful Discovery Ever Made -- From Today, Painting is Dead -- Photogenic Drawing.
Summary, etc.:
"An intimate look at the journeys of two men--a gentleman scientist and a visionary artist--as they struggled to capture the world around them, and in the process invented modern photography. During the 1830s, in an atmosphere of intense scientific enquiry fostered by the industrial revolution, two quite different men--one in France, one in England--developed their own dramatically different photographic processes in total ignorance of each other's work. These two lone geniuses--Henry Fox Talbot in the seclusion of his English country estate at Lacock Abbey and Louis Daguerre in the heart of post-revolutionary Paris--through diligence, disappointment and sheer hard work overcame extraordinary odds to achieve the one thing man had for centuries been trying to do--to solve the ancient puzzle of how to capture the light and in so doing make nature 'paint its own portrait'. With the creation of their two radically different processes--the Daguerreotype and the Talbotype--these two giants of early photography changed the world and how we see it. Drawing on a wide range of original, contemporary sources and featuring plates in colour, sepia and black and white, many of them rare or previously unseen, Capturing the Light charts an extraordinary tale of genius, rivalry and human resourcefulness in the quest to produce the world's first photograph"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Daguerre, Louis Jacques Mandé, 1787-1851
Talbot, William Henry Fox, 1800-1877.
Photographers > France > Biography.
Photographers > England > Biography.
Inventors > France > Biography.
Inventors > England > Biography.
Photography > France > History > 19th century.
Photography > England > History > 19th century.

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