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The practice of light : a genealogy of visual technologies from prints to pixels

Author: Sean Cubitt
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, [2014]
Series: Leonardo book series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Light is the condition of all vision, and the visual media are our most important explorations of this condition. The history of visual technologies reveals a centuries-long project aimed at controlling light. In this book, Sean Cubitt traces a genealogy of the dominant visual media of the twenty-first century -- digital video, film, and photography -- through a history of materials and practices that begins with  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sean Cubitt
ISBN: 9780262027656 0262027658
OCLC Number: 868000261
Description: xiv, 354 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
1. [black] : Black matters ; "Rembrandt" or, invisibility ; The night watch ; Black as ink ; Gray ; Virtual black --
2. Line : Rays ; Diagramming light ; Autonomy of the line ; Mickey Mouse and the Maid of Corinth ; Dialectic of the line ; Edge and vector --
3. Surface : Texture : Mezzotint, aquatint, lithography ; Photography: Ansel Adams ; Halftone and wire photography ; Automation and control ; The raster grid from CRT to digital projection ; CCD and CMOS ; The politics of number --
Color : Sensation ; Johannes de Eyck fuit hic ; Newton ; Goethe ; Charles Lock Eastlake and industrial chemistry ; Technicolor ; Chromolithography, cartoons, and childhood ; Ordering color ; Digital color --
4. Space : Shadows : Volume and rim ; Chiaroscuro and fetish ; Fog ; Cast shadows ; Shadow color --
Layers : Silhouettes ; Flats and mattes: scenography in theater and film ; Pfeiffer, Edwards, Tabrizian ; Silkscreen ; 3D cinema: Avatar and T-Visionarium ; Composites --
Projection : Flattening: maps and graphs ; Perspective and (technological) determinism ; Tutor-code and lens ; Projection and data projection ; From searchlight to laser ; Cubism and the voxel ; From space to time --
5. Time : Orders of time ; The photograph of Roland Barthes's mother ; Intermittence and continuity ; Latency in digital and analog media ; MPEG-4 and entropy ; Codec wars ; Vector aesthetics --
6. Reflection : Ancestors ; Communion as the end of ethics ; A note on the title.
Series Title: Leonardo book series.
Responsibility: Sean Cubitt.

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An account of Western visual technologies since the Renaissance traces a history of the increasing control of light's intrinsic excess.  Read more...

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