Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Photographic Amusements

Walter E. Woodbury - Photographic Amusements (1897)

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Early manual on trick and specialty photography that shows how to do double exposures, spirit photographs, leaf prints and "comical portraits" alongside more documentary techniques such as capturing moonlight, crystal formations, drawings and the ever-popular "Photographing Sea Weeds".  The ingenuity and creativity displayed is quite impressive and even though many (but not all) of these effects can today be formed with a button-click it's usually not quite the same - just think of how rarely digital collages have the impact of paper ones.  

Walter E. Woodbury shouldn't be confused with a slightly earlier photographer Walter B. Woodbury.  Walter E. was an editor of Photographic Times who wrote other, more technical, photography books.