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The history of photography as seen through the Spira collection

Author: S F Spira; Eaton S Lothrop; Jonathan B Spira
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Aperture, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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A comprehensive history of photographic technique and practice, based on one of the world's foremost private collections of photographica. S.F. Spira, founder of Spiratone, collected more than twenty thousand individual objects relating to the history of photography--a collection of unusual substance and depth, including many items extremely rare and not duplicated among the holdings of any museum in the United  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Spira, S.F.
History of photography as seen through the Spira collection.
New York, N.Y. : Aperture, ©2001
(OCoLC)627321862
Named Person: S F Spira; S F Spira; S F Spira; S F Spira; S F Spira
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: S F Spira; Eaton S Lothrop; Jonathan B Spira
ISBN: 0893819530 9780893819538
OCLC Number: 48503677
Description: 231 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 31 cm
Contents: Photography's precursors --
Photography's early years --
The rise of wet collodion --
The advent of dry plates --
The accessible image --
The roll-film revolution --
The all-seeing eye : diversity in the camera --
Reproduction of photographs : prints and processes --
The 35 mm camera --
The quest for color --
The moving image --
Photography and humor --
Filmless cameras.
Responsibility: S.F. Spira, with Eaton S. Lothrop, Jr. and Jonathan B. Spira ; preface by Heinz K. Henisch.
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A comprehensive history of photographic technique and practice, based on one of the world's foremost private collections of photographica. S.F. Spira, founder of Spiratone, collected more than twenty thousand individual objects relating to the history of photography--a collection of unusual substance and depth, including many items extremely rare and not duplicated among the holdings of any museum in the United States. Spira's collection is remarkable in that it clearly illustrates the connection between one phase in the development of photography and the next, and the complex relationships between photography and other disciplines such as painting and scientific research. This book's comprehensive chapters cover the pre-history of photography, the advent of dry plates and roll film, and stereo photography and the motion picture. While particular focus is given to historic technical achievements and pioneering advances in design, objects such as books, magazines, cartoons, photo-related toys, darkroom supplies and original film add value and dimension to this scholarly but accessible volume. -- publisher's statement.

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