Focus on Photography.
In 1888, George Eastman brought out the first box camera, calling it "Kodak No. 1." "You press the button--we do the rest." Thus, for many, the use of the camera was seen as a mechanical process. Just think of the developments since that time: the invention of color photography, digital photography. Seen from today's perspective, photography is a science and an art. It combines the sciences of physics, chemistry, optics and digital technologies with the artistic decision-making of printmaking, filmmaking and television.
Focus on Photography is an excellent textbook for use with middle- and high-school students. It provides an introductory overview of the history and development of photography. Chapters include discussions of black and white photography, digital photography, portraits, action photography, photorealism, architecture and water landscapes, landscapes, animals and still life. Each chapter contains a career profile, telling the story of a photography professional. The concluding Handbook chapter contains useful information about general darkroom safety, darkroom and enlarger basics, film development basics, enlarging papers, contact sheets and making enlargements. Also included is an excellent glossary of terms.--J.J.H.
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