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Extraordinary collection of 19th century images. Memento of the time when images where first fixed on paper.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11.2" Width: 11.1" Height: 0.9" Weight: 3.25 lbs.
Release Date Jul 11, 2006
Publisher Third Millennium Pub Ltd
ISBN 1903942306 ISBN13 9781903942307
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More About Kathleen Stewart Howe
Kathleen Stewart Howe, Ph.D., is Curator of prints and photographs at the University of New Mexico Art Museum. Her books include "Felix Teynard": "Calotypes of Egypt, A Catalogue Raisonn?" and "Excursions along the Nile: The Photographic Discovery of Ancient Egypt" (1994). Nitza Rosovsky is vice-president of the Archives for Historical Documentation in Boston. She is the author of "Jerusalemwalks" (1992) and editor of "City of the Great King: Jerusalem f rom David to the Present" (1996).
Kathleen Stewart Howe currently resides in the state of New Mexico.
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The Beginnings of Photography and the Paramount Importance of Subject Sep 4, 2005
FIRST SEEN is a brilliant traveling museum exhibition currently ensconced at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, an important collection of 250 photographs from the Wilson Centre for Photography in London accompanied by this magnificent catalogue by Kathleen Stewart Howe. This is a museum catalogue that is the equal to any book on photography on the market, not only because of the importance of the concept of the exhibition, but also because of the insightful narrative by Howe that leads us through the earliest forty years of the now prominent art form of photography.
The Portraits of the World's Peoples are not exactly superior art works technically, but the impact of the subject matter is compelling. Based of the photographs of mostly unknown photographers, these daguerreotypes (an early form of capturing images on light absorptive material that required enormous patience on the part of the sitter) are of people from every continent of the globe. They include wondrous profiles of American Indians, hooded monks, Victorian families complete with slaves, aborigines, the hairy people of Burma, Japanese ladies - many of the subjects could be replicas of sideshow participants were it not for the fact that they are compliant sitters for nascent photographers who hold them in great respect for their station and patience.
The result of this exhibition and catalogue is a reflection of life approaching 200 years ago: people in the now perceived primitive form are actually from a relatively recent past! The other phenomenon generated by this catalogue is an appreciation of an art form and its development to the present stage of highly scientific engineering. The power is in the faces and these faces will haunt you long after seeing the installation or the first reading of the magnificent book. Highly Recommended. Grady Harp, September 05