Synopses & Reviews
Readers will smile their way through this amusing, often surprising, always informative illustrated guided tour through the history of photography and the story of the people and the technology behind the images.
Filled with fun facts, from photography's beginnings and the camera obscura and daguerrotype to our present-day digital revolution, the book showcases important photographs that helped document history and define our culture as well as the photographers who took them. With sharp insight and wit, photography is exposed in all its aspects as fine art, science, a political weapon, a fashion statement, a capitalist tool, a therapeutic aid, and the means of documenting our history and preserving our collective memory.
- Focuses on the message as well as the medium
- Profiles all the famous (and infamous) photographers
- Looks at technical developments and innovations
- Includes a glossary of photographic terms and methods
"Yorath here presents an interesting graphic layout and a humorous 'For Dummies'-like style. He also provides some compelling discussions of the political and controversial aspects of the photograph." Library Journal
About the Author
David Yorath, a specialist in contemporary European and American landscape photography, teaches photography and media studies at Northbrook College in Sussex, England.