Phaenomena: Doppelmayr's Celestial Atlas
Giles Sparrow and Martin Rees
This book illustrates the captivating adventure of world photography from its origins to the present day and with its accessible and exact narrative style it speaks to experts, amateurs, and photography enthusiasts alike.
Setting off from this medium’s pioneers and early protagonists, this book traces the spread of photography in all ambits (scientific, forensic and artistic), the development of portraiture, the advent of early 18th-century avantgardes, the use of photography as record, reportage, and propaganda, its contribution to pop and conceptual art, the steps towards its institutionalisation and, lastly, its most recent developments, from staged photography to new millennium post-photography. Three high-impact visual atlases (on single and double pages) set the pace of this volume’s fascinating historic overview, set among the sixteen chapters of the author’s historic reconstruction. The publication also includes sixteen sections dedicated to specific technical aspects plus a comprehensive bibliography.
Giles Sparrow is a writer and editor specializing in astronomy and physics. He studied astronomy at University College London and science communication at Imperial College and is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society. He has written for books, magazines and multi-volume encyclopaedias on a wide range of topics, from cutting-edge space technology to the history of science, and from distant constellations to ancient archaeology. He regularly contributes to magazines, including All About Space and Sky at Night, and is the author of the bestselling Cosmos, A History of the Universe in 21 Stars, Spaceflight and What Shape is Space? A primer for the 21st century, from Thames & Hudson’s The Big Idea series.
Martin Rees is an astrophysicist and cosmologist, and the United Kingdom’s Astronomer Royal. He was Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, from 2004 to 2012 and President of the Royal Society between 2005 and 2010. In 2012 he co-founded the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, an interdisciplinary research centre dedicated to studying and reducing the threat of global catastrophes.