Brief History of Photography: Photo I

This post supplements the Brief History of Photography lecture in Photo 1.

Abelardo Morrell: The Making of a Camera Obscura

Abelardo Morell’s website.

David Hockney’s, A Secret Knowledge, (part 1), (part 2), (part 3).

The book. The DVD. An article about the book.

Not everyone agrees with Hockney’s thesis. Some counter arguments, here and here. The later one is perhaps the most valid because its author is a scholar. Hockney’s project has inspired further exploration and scholarship.

Jerry Spagnoli: contemporary daguerreotypist. A video presentation. His website.

BBC program: The Genius of Photography

Contemporary workshops in wet collodion and other alternative processes.

Sally Mann
, contemporary collodion.

George Eastman House on Flickr

Tim’s Vermeer“a documentary by Penn and Teller (yes, THAT Penn and Teller) about one man’s obsession with discovering Vermeer’s secrets. Hint: camera obscura! Trailer | NY Times article | TIFF summary

Links about the history of colour photography

George Eastman House’s photostream on Flickr. Excellent historic images.

Short video about the Autochrome process, from The ImageWorks in Rochester, NY.

Concise History of Color Photography with excellent images and text.

The George Eastman House: Notes on Photographs: An international forum for gathering information that enhances the communal understanding of the photographic print.

A short video about the history of color photography from the Smithsonian Institution (Washington, DC)

History and manufacture of Lantern Slides.

The scandal and possible truth surrounding Levi Hill who claimed to have invented color photography.

A list of links about the origins of the digital camera, as well as other connections between photography and technology.

CMYK

Short film, creative interpretation of cymk in everyday printing (cereal boxes, etc)

FOUNDATIONS of VISION: COLOR
Fantastic resource via Stanford University

EDWIN LAND
Video about Edwin Land (the inventor of Polaroid) and his two color process.

An article describing the relationship between Edwin Land’s experiments and James Clark Maxwell’s discoveries.

ALTERED PERCEPTION and VISION
Dr. George Stratton

Dr. George Stratton’s original article,
SOME PRELIMINARY EXPERIMENTS ON VISION WITHOUT INVERSION OF THE RETINAL IMAGE.

Summary and explanation of Stratton’s work, courtesy of the staff of San Francisco’s Museum of Science, Art, and Human Perception.

Newer article, based on Stratton’s research.

Great WIRED article about neuroplasticity, vision, and perception.

Video showing inverted vision experiments: Living in a Reversed World.

The illusion of colour constancy | Color Subjectivity | Living in the past
Video.

Is your red my red? No. It isn’t.

The neurological lag between seeing light and understanding/processing light.

2610: Singular Images: Images

The first essay discusses the image, Latice Window (with the Camera Obscura), August 1835.

Here it the full image:LatticedWindowAtLacockAbbey

Here is a version that has been colour corrected and enlarged:

Latticed_window_at_lacock_abbey_1835

Here are references to the image:
Metropolitan Museum of Art (good explanatory text)

National Media Archive (scroll down a bit)

Oxford Reference entry for the image

Google Images (to see all the variations, good and bad, of uploading an historic image to the web)

Contemporary interpretation of Talbot’s iconic image from the Victoria and Albert Museum exhibit, “Shadow Catchers: Camera-less Photography” 2010

More information about William Henry Fox Talbot.

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The second essay discusses Charles Nègre, “Chimney Sweeps Walking”, 1852.

It is in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada.
This is an compelling analysis of Negrè’s image as it relates to representation and capitalism.

Charles Nègre entry in the Encyclopedia of 19th Century Photography.

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In today’s lecture I mentioned the following artists/scientists/concepts/websites
:NASA (!) multimedia

This is Now! : This site showcases the latest image uploaded to Instagram based on geo-tag locations.

Eadweard Muybridge

MuybridgeBuffalo Muybridge_race_horse_animated

Harold Edgerton
Edgerton digital collection at MIT

Martin Klimas
Hiroshi Sugimoto
Sophie Calle

Rineke Dijkstra

Post-mortem photography
Lots of information available on this topic, but this is a good collection of images (on Pinterest of all places!)

The invisible/hidden mother
images from The Guardian.
A book on the subject.
Article in The Guardian
BBC news
The disappearing mother

Stereographs at the Library of Congress |
A brief history of stereographs and stereoscopes (good images)
Stereographs and travel.
Stereographs and the U.S. Civil War (good images)

Carte de Visite: A brief history of the Carte de Visite from the American Museum of Photography

Excellent resource of carte de visites from the Flickr feed of the George Eastman House

Camera Obscura • Photo history

Please meet in the Zavitz Gallery on Thursday morning. We will begin our class with a guided tour (fancy!) of a Nicolas Good’s installation, Obsoletism.

After viewing the installtion, we will talk about history of colour photography, discus the assigned podcasts and watch the following videos which explore the sociological impacts of the colour:
A BBC video that explores, “the research on the strange relationship between light, the eye and mind, and the development of new technologies such as photography and film”

A short video about the history of color photography from the Smithsonian Institution (Washington, DC)

Mariah posted this TED talk about Colour Theory.

Nicolas was influenced by David Hockney’s, A Secret Knowledge.
The book. The DVD. An article about the book. Not everyone agrees with Hockney’s thesis. Some counter arguments, here and here. The later one is perhaps the most valid because its author is a scholar. Hockney’s project has inspired further exploration and scholarship (as well as art installations at U of G).

Experimental (Tech Assignment 3)

Above image by John Pfahl, from his series, Altered Landscapes.
The artists we discussed today:
Thomas Ruff
Vik Muniz
Guy Fabian Miller
John Pfahl
Liz Deschenes
Uta Barth
Harold Edgerton
Ori Gershl
Martin Klimas
Dean Kessmann
Cara Barer
Adam Fuss
Sara Greenberger Rafferty
Mike and Doug Starn (The Starn Twins)
Sarah Anne Johnson
Robert Rauschenberg
Jason Salavon
Jessica Eaton
Evan Lee
Alison Rossiter

BORDER CROSSINGS, Issue#119

Research | The importance of looking

You’re a photographer. This means you need to look at photography.
This list is by no means exhaustive, but it is a good place to begin. Use the

Museum | Gallery websites
THIS
is a great list of photography-related museums
Saatchi Gallery
Tate Modern
Metropolitan Museum of Art
The British Museum
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Smithsonian Cooper-Hewittt National Design Museum
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Centre Pompidou (Paris)
Guggenheim (Bilbao)
Guggenheim (NY)
MOMA
The J.Paul Getty Museum
MIT open courseware
Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)
Musee d’Art Contemporain (Montreal)
Wexner Center for the Arts
Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago)

National Gallery of Canada
Victoria and Albert Museum

International Center of Photography

Magazines | Online Journals
Aperture
Magazine
The F Stop (professional photographers discuss their craft)
Border Crossings
Frieze Magazine
Art Forum
Art Papers
Canadian Art
Feature Shoot
(interviews with contemporary photographers)
Conscientious Extended
St. Lucy

OTIS College on YouTube (excellent resources for artist interviews, lectures, etc)

Scholarly websites
TATE research
Smart History

Journal of Contemporary Art

Art Facts
Images: A Journal of Film and Popular Culture
Arts section of New York Times
Subject and Course guides from The U of G library

PHOTOGRAPHY at the Smithsonian Magazine

Keeping Track of your Research
Delicious
Pinterest
Creating a Google Alert. Tips for getting the results you want

The history of color photography

George Eastman House’s photostream on Flickr. Excellent historic images.

Short video about the Autochrome process, from The ImageWorks in Rochester, NY.

Concise History of Color Photography with excellent images and text.

The George Eastman House: Notes on Photographs: An international forum for gathering information that enhances the communal understanding of the photographic print.

History and manufacture of Lantern Slides.

The scandal and possible truth surrounding Levi Hill who claimed to have invented color photography.

Light, your most powerful photographic tool, just got a little bit faster (maybe)

1. The length of Kim Kardashian’s marriage: 72 days

2. The speed of light: 299,792,458 metres per second. In 1905 Albert Einstein established the speed of light as part of his theory of relativity. (E-MC²)

3. A few days ago, scientists discovered a neutrino that moves FASTER THAN THE SPEED OF LIGHT. (and faster than a Kardashian divorce).

4. This is a big deal. A really, really, big, fast, deal. It is controversial and there are skeptics, just like their were skeptics about the Kardashian nuptials: Read about it here: Wow.

5. How is this relevant to photography? The etymology of photography = light + writing.

6. Did you really think I’d put an image of Kim Kardashian on our blog?