Amateurs, Photography, and the Mid-Victorian Imagination
by Grace Seiberling
University of Chicago Press, 1986
Cloth: 978-0-226-74498-8
Library of Congress Classification TR57.S45 1986
Dewey Decimal Classification 770.942

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
In 1851, when photographs were first shown at the Great Exhibition of Arts and Industry, photography was primarily a hobby for well-to-do amateurs. These early photographers were members of the intellectual and aristocratic elite. They had the means, the education, and the leisure to pursue this new art-science with ardent seriousness. They formed societies, such as the Photographic Society and the Photographic Exchange Club, and published journals for the purpose of sharing their discoveries, exchanging photographs, and publicizing the medium. In this highly original and sensitive book about the birth and transformation of photography in Victorian England, Grace Seiberling explores the work of thirty-three amateur photographers. She describes how they affected the development of the medium and set technical, subject, and compositional standards for future generations of photographers.

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