Capturing the Light

The Birth of Photography, a True Story of Genius and Rivalry by Roger Watson

  • Published: Aug 13, 2020

An intimate look at the journeys of two mena gentleman scientist and a visionary artistas they struggled to capture the world around them, and in the process invented modern photography During the 1830s, in an atmosphere of intense scientific enquiry... read more

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Details of Capturing the Light

Exact title of the book
Capturing the Light
Book author
Roger Watson
ISBN
9781250038326
Publisher
St. Martin's Publishing Group
Published
Nov 26, 2013
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
Pages
320
File size (in PDF)
2880 kB

Some brief overview of book

An intimate look at the journeys of two mena gentleman scientist and a visionary artistas they struggled to capture the world around them, and in the process invented modern photography During the 1830s, in an atmosphere of intense scientific enquiry fostered by the industrial revolution, two quite different menone in France, one in Englanddeveloped their own dramatically different photographic processes in total ignorance of each other's work. These two lone geniusesHenry Fox Talbot in the seclusion of his English country estate at Lacock Abbey and Louis Daguerre in the heart of post-revolutionary Paristhrough diligence, disappointment and sheer hard work overcame extraordinary odds to achieve the one thing man had for centuries been trying to doto solve the ancient puzzle of how to capture the light and in so doing make nature 'paint its own portrait'. With the creation of their two radically different processesthe Daguerreotype and the Talbotypethese two giants of early photography changed the world and how we see it.

Drawing on a wide range of original, contemporary sources and featuring plates in colour, sepia and black and white, many of them rare or previously unseen, Capturing the Light by Roger Watson and Helen Rappaport charts an extraordinary tale of genius, rivalry and human resourcefulness in the quest to produce the world's first photograph.

About author

WATSON is a world authority on the early history of photography. He is currently the Curator of the Fox Talbot Museum at Lacock Abbey and an occasional lecturer at DeMontfort University in Leicester. HELEN RAPPAPORT is a historian with a specialization in the nineteenth century.

She is the author of eight published books, including The Last Days of the Romanovs and A Magnificent Obsession Victoria, Albert and the Death that Changed the Monarchy.

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