Photography in Colonial Australia: The Mechanical Eye and the Illustrated Book

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Hordern House, 1988 - Illustrated books - 172 pages
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Photography in Colonial Australia examines the Australian books of the nineteenth century that use original photographs as a means of illustration. For the first time in Australia, Robert Holden has assessed the importance of photographically illustrated books. Part One of Photography in Colonial Australia is an historical survey, looking at issues like colonisation through photography and whether it was a nineteenth-century photographer's role to create images like an artist, or to accurately recreate the image before the camera's eye like a mirror. Part Two of the work focuses on a range of photographic genres; specifically royalty, Aborigines, exploration and travel, science, varia and art. Any person with an interest in photography, nineteenth-century social history, illustrated books, or bibliography will find this work an invaluable reference. Sixty-five photographic illustrations and a full bibliography of 130 items makes Photography in Colonial Australia the standard cited source, and this important text is further enhanced by an extensive index of photographers and publishers. 'This pioneering work by Robert Holden, which details 130 publications issued in Australia before 1900... will place one country's publishing curiosities in an international context...' (from the foreword by Lucien Goldschmidt, world authority on photographically illustrated books).

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