The story of two lone geniuses and the extraordinary race to invent photography
Section - i: List of IllustrationsSection - ii: Prologue: My First DaguerreotypeChapter - 1: The Locked Treasure RoomChapter - 2: ShadowgramsChapter - 3: The Box of WondersChapter - 4: An InheritanceChapter - 5: The PanoramaChapter - 6: An Innate Love of KnowledgeChapter - 7: More Beautiful than NatureChapter - 8: Lacock AbbeyChapter - 9: Seeking the ImpossibleChapter - 10: The HeliographChapter - 11: The Melancholy ArtistChapter - 12: Fixing the ImageChapter - 13: The Latticed Window, August 1835Chapter - 14: The Magic CabinetChapter - 15: The Most Wonderful Discovery Ever MadeChapter - 16: From Today, Painting is DeadChapter - 17: Photogenic DrawingChapter - 18: The Academie des Sciences, August 1839Chapter - 19: DaguerreotypomaniaChapter - 20: PortraitureChapter - 21: The Pencil of NatureChapter - 22: The Monopoly of the SunshineChapter - 23: The Great Exhibition of 1851Chapter - 24: The Reluctant InventorChapter - 25: Art or Science?Chapter - 26: The Mute Testimony of the PictureChapter - 27: The Eye of HistorySection - iii: Epilogue: Everyman's ArtAcknowledgements - iv: AcknowledgementsSection - v: NotesSection - vi: BibliographyIndex - vii: Index
Roger Watson is a world authority on the early history of photography. He is currently the Curator of the Fox Talbot Museum at Lacock Abbey and an occasional lecturer at DeMontfort University in Leicester. Helen Rappaport is a historian with a specialism in the nineteenth century and revolutionary Russia. She is the author of eight published books, including Ekaterinburg:The Last Days of the Romanovs and Magnificent Obsession: Victoria, Albert and the Death that Changed the Monarchy.
`The history of photography told as a fierce race between two rivals . . . Reads like a scientific thriller' Observer `Cheerfully readable ... the authors' enthusiasm for those pioneering days of photography, the drama and the sense of something fabulous just over the horizon, is catching.' Sunday Telegraph