The Focal Encyclopedia of Photography

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Leslie Stroebel, Richard D. Zakia
Focal Press, 1993 - Photography - 914 pages
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"A photographer's reference library in a single volume, The Focal Encyclopedia of Photography, Third Edition, covers the field from the earliest beginnings of photography to the advanced technologies of the 90s. It is an indispensable, one-of-a-kind working tool for the amateur and professional photographer alike." "This comprehensive work reflects the dramatic changes in photographic technology over the last two decades. With over 150 years of photography condensed into a single, comprehensive volume, this new encyclopedia covers traditional and time-honored materials and processes together with electronic imaging and other developments of the 90s." "Expertly organized and edited by Leslie Stroebel and Richard Zakia, distinguished faculty members of the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences of the Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York, this edition promises to be the definitive reference work for photographers worldwide. It is a "must have" tool, as timeless as a book on photography can be." "Dr. Stroebel and Dr. Zakia have multiple books to their credit, including Photographic Materials and Processes, Basic Photographic Materials and Processes, View Camera Technique, 6th edition, as well as numerous other titles. Both are graduates of RIT and the University of Rochester. Dr. Stroebel is former chairman of the Imaging and Photographic Technology Department and Dr. Zakia is former chairman of the Fine Art Photography Department and the MFA Program in Imaging Arts." "The 90 contributors selected by the editors represent an international team of experts in all areas of photography and related disciplines."--BOOK JACKET.

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About the author (1993)

Richard Zakia is a 1956 graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). Some of his classmates at the time were Carl Chiarenza, Peter Bunnell, Bruce Davidson, Ken Josephson, Pete Turner and Jerry Uelsmann. Minor White was a member of the faculty and Beaumont Newhall was Adjunct. It was a great and enriching mix. After graduation he was employed as a photographic engineer in the Color Technology Division of Eastman Kodak. During the Sputnik era he decided teaching was his vocation and accepted a position with RIT where he served for 34 years. For a time he was Director of Instructional Research and Development and Chair of the Fine Art Photography Department and graduate program in Imaging Arts. He is a recipient of the Eisenhart Outstanding Teaching Award. Zakia has authored and co-authored thirteen books on photography and perception. He is also the co-editor with Dr. Leslie Stroebel of the third edition (1993) of The Focal Encyclopedia of Photography and a contributor to the fourth edition (2007). His most recent book is Teaching Photography with Dr. Glen Rand.

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