John Wood

The Scenic Daguerreotype: Romanticism and Early Photography
by John Wood Review
Imagine a "gold and mercury image on a layer of silver bonded to copper," an all-metal photographic process that poisoned some its practitioners. Imagine an era long before a surfeit of images began to dull the viewer, when a visual reality--not a virtual one--captivated the imagination. The daguerreotype process is not only "one of the great artistic vehicles for rendering the human face," says John Wood, but an equally potent and elegant means of rendering a scenic image. The author has assembled the largest collection of daguerreotypes ever seen in book form, including Jean-Louis-Baptiste Gros's masterful studies of the Acropolis and the Seine, and Joseph Wilhelm Pero's striking images of Lubeck, Germany.
Publisher's Description
Often, the history of photography cites the calotype as the establishing medium for our standards of what is photographic. In reality, the daguerreotype played an equally influential role in defining the artistry of photography. Most famous for its association with portraits, the daguerreotype was also perfectly capable of rendering scenic images with astonishing clarity. Noted historian John Wood discusses the revolutions of visual perception which accompanied the development of the daguerreotype in his thorough and engaging text, arguing that the modern camera eye may be Romanticism's most enduring gift. A compelling study.
ISBN: 0877455112
Publisher: University Of Iowa Press
Hardcover : 238 pages
Language: English
Dimensions: 8.8 x 11.2 x 1 inches
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