Brought to light: photography and the invisible, 1840-1900
Corey Keller, Jennifer Tucker, Tom Gunning, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Graphische Sammlung Albertina
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 2008 - Photography - 215 pages
Brought to Light invites readers to step back to a time when photography, X-rays, and movies were new, when forays into the world beneath the skin or the realm beyond our everyday vision captivated scientists and the public alike. In this book, accounts of scientific experimentation blend with stories of showmanship to reveal how developments in 19th-century technology could enlighten as well as frighten and amaze. Through a series of 200 vintage images—produced by photographers, scientists, and amateur inventors—this book ultimately traces the rise of popular science.
The images demonstrate early experiments with microscopes, telescopes, electricity and magnetism, motion studies, X-rays and radiation, and spirit photography. We learn how these pictures circulated among the public, whether through the press, world’s fairs, or theaters. What started out as scientific progress, however, often took on the trappings of magic and superstition, as photography was enlisted to offer visual evidence of clairvoyance, spirits, and other occult influences.
With beautifully reproduced plates and engaging narratives, this book embodies the aesthetic pleasures and excitement of the tale it tells.
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Review: Brought to Light: Photography and the Invisible, 1840-1900User Review - Diane Marie - Goodreads
this incredible exhibit was one that you couldn't go to only once and the book is as excellent of a documentation one can get without having an opportunity to to experience the breathtaking beauty of the show in person. Read full review
Review: Brought to Light: Photography and the Invisible, 1840-1900User Review - Marsha - Goodreads
Beautifully presented prints from from an exhibit in San Francisco of early photographic images using the technology circa 1840-1900 to portray scientific subjects. There are sepia toned images of the ... Read full review