Subtitled, "A practical manual designed as a companion alike to the professional and the amateur photographer," this is a comprehensive look at photography in its adolescence: the cameras, the processes, the formulas, the secrets of manipulation. In 1887 t were no personal cameras. The handheld Kodak was yet to be marketed. The only people producing photographs were professionals and fanatic amateurs - simply because photography was not easy and automatic like it is today. You were deemed to be "advanced" if you merely tried to make pictures.
Lindsay writes that Photography has always been a popular hobby because it offers many different areas of experimentation. But amateur photography has always been divided into the masses and advanced amateurs. Back in the 60s the masses were doing black and white photography. Advanced amateurs w experimenting with color which was still complex and difficult. Then as color became easier, the masses moved into color while the advanced amateur photographers moved into high end black and white.... read more