From the International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House and other sources
History of Photography is a comprehensive collection of articles and rare photographs by pioneers in photography presenting a wealth of materials for research into the history, technology and aesthetics of this medium.
The core of this collection is drawn from the holdings of the International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House and encompasses materials from the extensive collection of the Research Libraries of the New York Public Library and Columbia University's Epstean Collection. Beaumont Newhall, Director Emeritus of the International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York, and visiting professor of art at the University of New Mexico provided editorial guidance in the selection of materials for this collection.
This collection presents more than 2,100 monographs and periodicals published between 1830 and the early 1900s, which served as instruction manuals for hundreds of amateur photographers. The publications offered guidance in the use of photography for picture making as well as providing technical instruction.
History of Photography also encompasses many of the numerous American and foreign periodicals which flooded the market as photography was opened to thousands of photographers with the perfection of dry plates and film and the invention of the hand camera. These publications taught technique, presented illustrations of prize-winning photographs and provided essays by contributing art critics. Some answered readers' questions on technique and offered criticism of their photographs; many provided reviews of exhibitions and new books and described the personal accounts of well-known photographers.
Complete Collection: 489 reels
Monographs and Pamphlets