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Time in a Frame: Photography and the Nineteenth-Century Mind

Thomas, Alan

Published by Schocken Books, 1977
ISBN 10: 0805236740 / ISBN 13: 9780805236743
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Title: Time in a Frame: Photography and the ...

Publisher: Schocken Books

Publication Date: 1977

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Jacket present as described

Edition: First Edition.


0805236740 This hardcover book is square and tight. The boards and spine have no wear with pristine lettering. The pages and endpages are clean, with no markings or folds. The dustjacket is As New, save a small closed tear at the lower rear edge. Original Price is clipped. Not ex-lib. No remainder mark. This book has 147 illustrative photographs. Bookseller Inventory # 005134

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Synopsis: Dust jacket notes: "We live in a pervasively visual age. Considering that even the early generations of this century were heavily dosed in images - illustrated newspapers, magazines, and later motion pictures - and that today television is a prime instrument in the education of youth to the 'realities' of the world. It is surprising that no more attention has been paid to the origins of our uniquely modern visual consciousness. In Time in a Frame, Alan Thomas traces the roots of that consciousness to the invention of photography in the early nineteenth century. Marveling at the unprecedented likenesses of reality that the photographic image made possible, the nineteenth-century mind did not need to take a great leap to come to the belief that the fixed image was, in itself, reality. How the members of this first 'visual' generation used photography and how it changed their perceptions of the world are the subjects of this lavishly illustrated book. As Alan Thomas convincingly shows, the camera's presence was felt nearly everywhere during the course of the nineteenth century. Approaching his subject topically, Thomas surveys the work of the early photographers in terms of its motivation, insights, and impact on society. The work of expeditionary and documentary photographs, such as Francis Firth, Roger Fenton, and Mathew Brady brought glimpses of exotic far corners of the world into Victorian parlors along with the grim realities of war - seen for the first time off the battlefield. Great portraitists, like Julia Margaret Cameron, immortalized the famous and powerful in elaborately drawn images; Cameron's evocative study of Tennyson is considered a classic photograph. On a more private level, the photograph album became a standard drawing-room fixture, widely used among the middle and upper classes to chronicle a family's growth, respectability, and social standing...."

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