Skip to main content

p16028coll16

About this collection

This collection contains 26 volumes representing early photography trade literature, primarily equipment trade catalogs and manuals, documenting the rise of commercial and consumer photography during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Within this selection of materials, publication dates range between 1853 and 1914 in the United States, France, and England. While these photography trade publications provide valuable information about the history and development of photographic technologies, they also feature engaging illustrations and typography. Early photography trade catalogues and manuals, such as The Collodion Process for Taking Portraits, Views, etc. by the Action of Light Upon Prepared Glass Plates / Fully Explained by Monsieur Du Malte (London: John Bentley and Company, 1853) describe the technologies available to the photographer as well as the common photographic processes at a point in time. These publications are housed in the collections of The Joyce F. Menschel Photography Library, The Thomas J. Watson Library, and The Robert Lehman Collection Library.

 

Click here to browse all items in the Early Photography Trade Catalogs and Manuals collection.

 

 

 

 
Select the collections to add or remove from your search
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
W
X
Y
Z
 
OK