A CONCISE HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY HELMUT GERNSHEIM PDF

It is rather unusual that, together with the history of photography, Gernsheim also considered the way the given art form has been treated since the day when people learned about it. According to the author, photography can be interpreted in two basic ways, namely, as an art form and as a technology. The author mentions the creator of photography, the prototypes of the modern cameras, starting from daguerreotypes, and mentions the people who contributed to the development of photography. Although Gernsheim handles the subject brilliantly and offers the readers an enticing journey into the history of photography, a couple of issues still must be mentioned. However, the given issue does not diminish the merits of the book in the slightest.

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It is rather unusual that, together with the history of photography, Gernsheim also considered the way the given art form has been treated since the day when people learned about it. According to the author, photography can be interpreted in two basic ways, namely, as an art form and as a technology. The author mentions the creator of photography, the prototypes of the modern cameras, starting from daguerreotypes, and mentions the people who contributed to the development of photography.

Although Gernsheim handles the subject brilliantly and offers the readers an enticing journey into the history of photography, a couple of issues still must be mentioned. However, the given issue does not diminish the merits of the book in the slightest.

The author makes the readers see photography as a two-sided sword, i. Moreover, Gernsheim challenges the readers to consider the art of photography through the lens of the modern ideas and figure out if with the availability of the necessary equipment photography has ceased to be art.

Gernsheim picks the most interesting facts about photography, making even the description of photography development process exciting. Even though in the modern world, the art of photography has changed tremendously, and there are very few people who prefer dealing with positives and negatives instead of customizing the digital camera, the legacy of photography lives on.

It must be admitted that in the course of photography development, people have changed their attitude towards the latter many times. Giving a new kind of art rather cold shoulder at the very beginning of photography evolution, people treated it as a technology first, switching later on to the idea that photography is a kind of art.

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Helmut Gernsheim (1913-1995)

He started working as a colour photographer using the German Uvachrome process [1] before going to Paris for an exhibition of his work and then to London to work on a commission from the National Gallery, London. While interned, he lectured other internees on the aesthetics of photography and wrote his critique on photography, New Photo Vision, which was published in and led to his becoming a friend of fellow critic and historian Beaumont Newhall. Gernsheim earned his release from internment by volunteering to work for the National Buildings Record , returning to London in to photograph important monuments with a view to revealing their artistic merits. These photographs became the basis of two more books. They were praised by critics including Kenneth Clark and Nikolaus Pevsner and in were described by The Architectural Review as "nothing short of a rediscovery of the Baroque monuments". Ultimately this collection, along with an estimated 3—4 million words of notes on the subject led to his writing the ,word book The History of Photography.

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