The Magic Image. Cecil Beaton, Gail Buckland.
The Magic Image
The Magic Image

The Magic Image. The Genius of Photography from 1839 to the Present Day

Boston: Little, Brown & Company, 1975. 1st US Edition. Quarto, publisher's brown cloth, spine gilt, brown endpapers, original pictorially illustrated dust jacket.

Comprehensive study tracing the development of photography from the early pioneers Louis Daguerre and Henry Fox Talbot through the commercial, press and fashion photographers of the 1970s. Historian Buckland provides biographical and technical details for each of the over 200 individual artists, illustrating each with a key photo to their body of work. Beaton gives a personal assessment of each photographer's contribution. "Photography may be said to have begun with man's discovery that the tanning of his face in summer was due to the chemical effect of the of the sun's rays on his skin" (from Beaton's introduction). Thoroughly illustrated with black-and-white reproductions, with 16 pages of color. Includes glossary of processes and terminology. Light wear to extremities of unclipped dust jacket. Item #1367


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