500 Cameras: 170 Years of Photographic Innovation by Todd Gustavson
TR 15 .G878 2011
“Drawing upon the archives of the George Eastman House Collection, 500 Cameras takes a unique approach to the fascinating story of photography. Tracing the medium’s history through some of the most important equipment ever used by professionals and amateurs, this remarkable survey presents 500 cameras, all beautifully illustrated in spectacular images.
Included is the Giroux daguerreotype apparatus, photography’s first camera manufactured in quantity; the original model Brownie, an immediate public sensation due to its simple-to-use design and inexpensive price of one dollar; the pilot model Leica, one of a pre-production run of twenty-five samples of a small precision camera that produced 24×36-mm images on leftover ends of 35mm motion picture film; the Nikon F, an omnipresent image-maker that best represents photojournalism in the 1960s; and the Sasson digital camera, which helped to introduce digital technology in camera and photography systems and to claim for the Eastman Kodak Company its first digital camera patent in 1978.
Each section begins with an introduction offering an insightful analysis of the type of cameras that are featured, like subminiatures. Additional information can be found in the fascinating sidebar essays that fill this book, covering George Eastman, for instance, and Kodachrome.
Perfect for professional photographers, teachers and students, collectors, and anyone who has ever taken a picture, 500 Cameras is remarkable for the breadth and diversity of its subject matter.” – publisher description