Photography and the Great Exhibition

Anthony Hamber, foreword by Tristram Hunt

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The first comprehensive study of the diverse role and impact of photography at the 1851 Great Exhibition in London, drawing together two decades of research to create a broader understanding of the step-change in image making and distribution represented by The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations – the genesis of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. While the Great Exhibition has received a variety of examinations, its role in exhibiting and furthering the cause and exploitation of photography and its impact on illustration has been largely underappreciated. More broadly, 1851 saw a massive change in information management: in the creation and dissemination of visually based graphic information characterized by images of the building, its contents and their display that collectively constituted the Great Exhibition. Photography played a critical role in this quantum leap.

Anthony Hamber has been researching the impact of the Great Exhibition through photography for two decades

Publisher
V&A
ISBN
9781851779833
Binding
Hardback
Page Extent
414
Weight (kg)
1.5
Height (in)
12.32
Width (in)
9.17
Subject
Photography , Photography History & Themes
Published Date
18 / 09 / 2018

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