Points of View

Capturing the 19th Century in Photographs

Edited by John Falconer

Edited by John Falconer

Distributed for British Library

176 pages | 150 color plates | 8 3/4 x 10 3/4 | © 2009
Paper $29.00 ISBN: 9780712350822 Published December 2009 For sale in North and South America only

From its earliest beginnings in the 1840s up to its democratization as a widespread leisure pursuit, photography was swept along by a tide of artistic and entrepreneurial activity that gathered pace throughout the nineteenth century. Both as an art form and a social document, the photograph quickly took on a critical role as the primary means of visual expression in the modern age.


Points of View brings together, for the first time, a selection of images from the British Library’s unique photography collections, examining the history, diversity, and influence of the medium from its invention and early years up until the coming of the twentieth century. Beginning with the work of William Henry Fox Talbot and including some of our most celebrated photographic pioneers—Francis Frith, Felix Teynard, Samuel Bourne, and Peter Henry Emerson among them—this volume focuses on the question Who was taking the photograph and why? Ultimately the answer is found in the rise of mass market interest, the increasing role of technology, and the emergence of this thrilling new discipline amid rapid scientific, social, and industrial progress.

"Tasked with presenting an overview of the photographs gathered at random in the rich collections of Britain's national library--the British Museum--throughout the 19th century, the edtiors follow a well-established path in creating a historical survey of the medium. . . .  The 'almost 200' photographs are well reproduced and well presented, the texts are informative and readable, and the layouts open and inviting. . . . Recommended"




Infancy of Invention



To the End of the Earth



Documenting Art



The Portrait



In the Name of Science



Making the Modern World



The Way We Lived Then



Fin de Siècle



Further Reading


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