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A Field Guide To Spirit Photography

RRP $18.65

A Field Guide to Spirit Photography is the second in the series and is a guide book for the professional to layman of how to capture ghosts on film. A history of the evolution of spirit photography including many examples are included.

Early Work In Photography

RRP $18.99

An excerpt from the Introductory:

IN this instruction book the student is advised to begin his photographic education with silver-printing. In every other hand-book (so far as we are aware) negative-making is the first branch described, apparently because making a negative is the first step in the production of a photographic picture. We are sure, from a wide experience of beginners and their requirements, that our system will save the student both time and money, will render the path to proficiency easier and far more pleasant than it usually is (especially for those who have to work entirely alone, and will result in a larger proportion of competent workers from a given number of aspirants, than any other method. In everything we have aimed at simplicity.

The recommendation of the hydroquinone developer arises from the fact that hydroquinone is the best developer for " all-round " work for negatives, lantern-slides, bromide paper and chloride paper, and because one formula may be adapted to all classes of development according to the amount of subsequent dilution. Some of the newer single solution developers might have been recommended; but, if a knowledge of photography is the student's aim, there is a distinct advantage in beginning with the use of developer, accelerator, and restrainer, in separate solutions.

No attempt has been made to exhaust the subject. Our object is to enable any beginner, who will work, to do well all that is necessary to the production of good photograms. When he has thoroughly mastered the first principles contained in this text-book he will have acquired the basis for further work, and may then fearlessly launch into the innumerable and fascinating branches of photography, and its many applications to the arts and sciences.

Reading Photography

RRP $49.95

The relatively new medium of photography has generated, from its inception, intense debate over its merits as an art form. (It was not until late in the twentieth century, for example, that colour photography was accepted in the canon of art historical scholarship.) In Reading Photography, Sri-Kartini Leet brings together over 100 extracts from writings on different themes in the medium to explore the art of photography. Beginning with the historical origins of photography, she charts the changes from daguerrotype and formal portraits to the everyday and the emergence of modernism. By the 1920s well-known surrealist artists were using the photograph to develop experimental techniques. Colour, frequently sidelined in early photography, is considered in its various incarnations of advertising, amateur pictures and its adoption in the 1960s as an expressive media. The concept of the photo as a commodifying practice, blurring the boundaries between the artistic and the prosaic, is discussed. Photography was included in the post-modernist movement to question traditional notions of what constitutes art, and several authors have been selected to illustrate this development.Landscape and the city are juxtaposed to demonstrate how location was used in the representation of political, social and psychological states. The role of the individual in these settings is expressed in a chapter on identity and photography. Preceeded by a discussion of its means of rendering the subject an object, a chapter on anthropological photography demonstrates the unattainable desire to achieve an objective view of the different natures of man. Equally, the nature of photography enables artists to dismember the body and thereby dehumanise it. Feminism and the role of the female photographer are implicated in this chapter. The final section considers the impact of the digital age. Sri-Kartini Leet's judicious selection of articles introduces the reader to a broad and enriching range of art historical comment engendered by the photograph, and makes Reading Photography an indispensable aid to the study of photography.


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