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Title:
The history of photography as seen through the Spira collection
Author:
Spira, S. F.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
[Denville, N.J.] : Aperture, [2001]

©2001
Physical Description:
231 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 32 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780893819538
Format :
Book

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The founder of Spiratone, a company that once supplied photographic accessories, S.F. (Fred) Spira is also well known for his extensive collection of photographic equipment. This volume, which includes Spira's writings and is coauthored by his son, Jonathan, and Lothrop, a former president of the American Photographic Historical Society, provides a history of photographic processes with a focus on consumer-oriented picture taking. It includes thorough discussions on film and camera history, color photography, photo reproduction, stereo photography, and motion pictures and an especially good chapter on digital photography. Photo illustrations are taken from the more than 20,000 objects in Spira's collection. A chapter on photography and humor seems out of place, but in general the book supplies understandable explanations of photographic devices and methods and is a good supplement to more general histories, such as Naomi Rosenblum's A World History of Photography.


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Library Journal Review

The founder of Spiratone, a company that once supplied photographic accessories, S.F. (Fred) Spira is also well known for his extensive collection of photographic equipment. This volume, which includes Spira's writings and is coauthored by his son, Jonathan, and Lorthrop, a former president of the American Photographic Historical Society, provides a history of photographic processes with a focus on consumer-oriented picture taking. It includes thorough discussions on film and camera history, color photography, photo reproduction, stereo photography, and motion pictures and an especially good chapter on digital photography. Photo illustrations are taken from the more than 20,000 objects in Spira's collection. A chapter on photography and humor seems out of place, but in general the book supplies understandable explanations of photographic devices and methods and is a good supplement to more general histories, such as Naomi Rosenblum's A World History of Photography. Highly recommended for public and academic libraries. Eric Linderman, East Cleveland P.L., OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Choice Review

This book describes the technological development of photography from the prephotographic era to the digital age through a survey of the Spira Collection, a renowned body of photographic materials assembled by one of the coauthors. Far from limiting the comprehensiveness of this history, the reliance on this extraordinary collection and the collector's enthusiasm for the subject are central strengths of the volume. Structured by thematic chapters, the book surveys a broad range of photographic processes, apparatus, and technologies, including motion pictures and reproduction techniques. Images of cameras, photographs, and related ephemeral material richly illustrate individual topics. The diverse illustrations illuminating the rich material culture and social history of photography distinguish this work from more narrowly technological or exclusively aesthetic histories of the medium. The well-researched text is written in a popular, narrative style that avoids dense verbiage and provides clear descriptions of complex processes and equipment. Although sources are not cited within the text, further readings are included in the comprehensive bibliography. Providing a solid overview of diverse photographic technologies, this history will be a valued reference source for a growing field of inquiry in visual studies. All levels. E. M. Wolf University of Rochester