Photograph Types

The American Tintype
Floyd Rinhart, Marion Rinhart, Robert W. Wagner, W. Robert Nix
Hardcover - 392 pages (June 1999) Ohio State Univ Pr (Txt); ISBN: 0814208061 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.91 x 10.33 x 7.31

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The World of Stereographs.
Darrah, William Culp.

The definitive work on stereographs. Includes an extensive bibliography of stereograph publishers. An image by a stereo photographer "not listed by Darrah" will certainly please the collector, for it will be rare.
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Collector's Guide to Early Photographs.
Collector's Guide to Early Photographs. Mace, O. Henry Mace.
Paperback - 224 pages 2nd update edition (March 1999) Krause Publications; ISBN: 0873417208 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.45 x 10.96 x 8.52

I highly recommend this overview of 19th century photograph types. I highly recommend this book as being a great starting place for those just getting started. It is a book I return to time and time again. Not only does it do a good job of providing a standard concise history for each type of photograph, it makes an effort to tell you something new. An excellent overview of the card photograph and stereo photography in the nineteenth-century starting from the early daguerreotype and tissue images seen at the London Crystal Palace.
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The Snapshot Photograph: The Rise of Popular Photography 1888-1939
Brian Coe and Paul Gates
Ash & Grant Ltd, London, 1977

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Card Photographs : A Guide to Their History and Value
McCulloch, Lou W., McCulloch, Lois
Hardcover Reprint edition (March 1997) Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.; ISBN: 0916838560

This first survey of the card photograph by the McCullochs in all it's many varieties fills a gap that has needed filling ever since Darrah's landmark study of the carte de visite. The cabinet card has been particularly neglected compared to the stereograph or the carte de visite. This neglect was probably due to the stereograph's more exciting presentation and world-spanning themes along with the carte de visite playing a major role in civil war soldier's portraits. Whereas the cabinet card and other miscellaneous formats such as the Boudoir, Victoria and Promenade individually did not warrant their own survey and may have been viewed as more personal expressions of portraiture and family album than educating viewers to the world around them. However, these other card photographs types played important social roles and deserve better treatment in the history of photography, which the authors provide. This title outlines the history and origin of the card photograph and provides a guide to the value of each kind of photograph and the subjects of most interest to the collector. The cabinet card was used by many actors, dancers, singers and other theatrical types as promotional items giving them a significance beyond the personal or family. Some cabinet cards depict unusual subjects such as mascots or business related themes. The Promenade card reflected social manners, being a format intended specifically for photographing people riding or walking on promenade.
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Cartes de Visite in Nineteenth Century Photography.
Darrah, William C.
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania: W. C. Darrah, 1981. ISBN 0-9131116-05-X. Library of Congress Catalogue # 81-69489.

The definitve work on the carte de visite. This work is was the first comprehensive survey of the carte de visite and was done with the author's characteristic thoroughness. It gives a complete and detailed history of the carte de visite's origin (which are somewhat clouded by controversial claims) in Europe and the carte's American debut. He concentrates on these small photographs as emblematic of photography becoming a business and creating a social record. He catalogs the many categories of subjects to be seen in the carte de visite and illustrates how it became a global format. Further, he gives instructions on how to estimate the date of an image not found in any other history and backed up by the study of 40,000 examples from the author's and other's collections.
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The Ambrotype, Old & New.
Feldvebel, Thomas.
Rochester, NY : Graphic Arts Research Center, c1980.

Short, illustrated work on the ambrotype. Includes two page bibliography. ISBN: 0899380018.
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The Art of the Autochrome : The Birth of Color Photography
John Wood, Merry A. Foresta
Hardcover. Published 1993

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