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Amateur film : meaning and practice, 1927-1977

Author: Heather Norris Nicholson; Manchester University Press,
Publisher: Manchester, UK : Manchester University Press, 2019. ©2012.
Series: Studies in popular culture (Manchester, England)
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'Amateur film: Meaning and practice 1927-77 traces the development of non-professional interests in making and showing film. It explores how amateur cinematography gained a following among the well to do, following the launch of lightweight handheld cine equipment by Kodak and Pathé in Britain during the early 1920s. As social access to the new hobby widened, enthusiasts began to use cine equipment at home, work,
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Nicholson, Heather Norris.
Amateur film: meaning and practice, 1927-1977
Manchester, UK. : Manchester University Press, 2012
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Article, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Heather Norris Nicholson; Manchester University Press,
ISBN: 9781526141187 1526141183
OCLC Number: 1149149753
Language Note: In English.
Notes: Made available via: manchesterhive.
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. Manchester, UK : Manchester University Press, 2019. Access may be restricted to users at subscribing institutions.
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 279 pages) : illustrations; digital, PDF file(s).
Details: Mode of access: internet via World Wide Web.; System requirements: Adobe Acrobat or other PDF reader (latest version recommended), Internet Explorer or other browser (latest version recommended).
Contents: Preface and acknowledgements --
1. Making space for a neglected visual history --
2.The amateur club scene --
3.The rise of a hobby press --
4. Family life as fact and fiction --
5. Local lives and communities --
6. Gazing at other people working. --
7. An indispensable travel accessory --
8. Socially engaged filmmaking --
9. Moving pictures, moving on --
Bibliography --
Index.
Series Title: Studies in popular culture (Manchester, England)
Responsibility: Heather Norris Nicholson.

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A study of non-professional film making using regional archive sources and oral history. The book traces the rise of Britain's amateur cine photography from its early pioneers, through its years of  Read more...

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