First authoritative, comprehensive study of photography from a purely aesthetic point of view, spanning its history from daguerreotypes to modern photo-reportage. 240 superb photographs. First inexpensive paperback edition.
When The History of Photography by Hemut and Alison Gernsheim was first published in 1955, it immediately established itself as the standard work on the subject, described by the Financial Times as 'the most important singe historical work in the field.' The first part of this classic book was revised by Professor Gernsheim and published as The Origins of Photography (1982). Now, in The Rise of Photography, he brings the revision of his magnum opus up to 1880.
The collection consists of photographic copy prints made and/or collected by Helmut and Alison Gernsheim. The prints relate to the photographs from the Gernsheim Collection held at the Ransom Center and the couple’s research into the history of photography. The copy prints are of photographs, advertisements, and photography-related ephemera from the Gernsheims' personal collection as well as other photographs held in museums. The prints are of photographs that range in date from the early 20th century to the 1950s.