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Cameraless Photography (Victoria and Albert Museum)

Martin Barnes


One of two launch volumes in an important and highly collectible new photography series by the V&A, here is an introduction to the history of cameraless photography in over 125 key images from the V&A’s outstanding collection.

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Visually compelling, Cameraless Photography is an outstanding introductory overview of the major creative, cameraless processes running throughout the history of photography – including photograms, chemigrams, luminograms, dye destruction prints and more – illustrated by the cameraless work of some of photography’s greatest names. More than 125 photographs are supported by extended commentaries and a concise introduction. The book begins with the early photographic experiments of artists such as Anna Atkins in the 19th century through the avant-garde photograms of modernists such as Man Ray, to the work of contemporary artists, such as Susan Derges, nearly two centuries later.


'An alternative overview of the history of photography, this book looks to cameraless methods of image-making such as photograms, chemigrams, luminograms and dye destruction prints'

'Beautiful and informative'
Black & White Photography

'A timely reminder that, for all the digital technology now at our disposal, there are also simpler, purer ways of making a photograph'
The Scotsman, Photography Books of the Year

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Book Details

Format: PLC (no jacket)

Size: 25.0 x 19.5 cm

Extent: 192 pp

Illustrations: 141

Publication date: 27 September 2018

ISBN: 9780500480366

About the Author

Martin Barnes is Senior Curator of Photographs at the Victoria and Albert Museum.