Belgian Photographic Literature of the 19th Century. L’édition photographique belge au 19e siècle.

A Bibliography and Census. Bibliographie et recensement.

Steven F. Joseph (Author),

Category: History, History 1800-present, Literature, Media and Visual Culture, Photography

Language: English

ISBN: 9789462700475

Publication date: December 15, 2015

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Category: History, History 1800-present, Literature, Media and Visual Culture, Photography

Language: English

DOI: 10.11116/9789461661920

ISBN: 9789461661920

Publication date: December 15, 2015

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First comprehensive and richly illustrated overview of historical Belgian photographic literature. The development of photography from its roots in 19th-century science gradually transformed book illustration and the dissemination of images. This fully bilingual reference work presents a first comprehensive overview of Belgian photographic literature of the 19th century, both of illustrated books and of scientific publications. It makes a major contribution to academic study in the field, with a corpus composed of 681 entries and, for each title, indicates locations of surviving copies in institutional collections in Belgium and elsewhere. An introductory essay plots the development of photographic publishing in Belgium, making full use of primary and secondary sources. An album of over eighty images draws on the rich iconography of early Belgian photographic literature, most reprinted here for the first time.

Premier bilan complet et illustré de l’édition photographique belge au 19e siècle. L’évolution de la photographie depuis ses origines dans les sciences du 19e siècle a transformé progressivement l’illustration du livre et la diffusion des images. Le présent ouvrage de référence, entièrement bilingue, a pour but de dresser un premier bilan complet de l’édition photographique belge au 19e siècle, tant iconographique que scientifique. Il constitue une importante contribution aux connaissances historiques dans le domaine et se compose d’un corpus de 681 notices, assorties chacune d’un recensement d’exemplaires localisés dans les collections publiques en Belgique comme ailleurs. Une introduction trace l’évolution de l’édition photographique belge, exploitant pleinement des sources primaires et secondaires. Un album de plus de quatre-vingts illustrations puise dans la riche iconographie des débuts de l’édition photographique belge ; la plupart sont reproduites ici pour la première fois.

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Acknowledgements / Remerciements
Introductory essay / Introduction From Michiels to Marissiaux: the first half-century of photography and the book in Belgium De Michiels à Marissiaux : un demi-siècle de photographie dans le livre en Belgique
Bibliography and census / Bibliographie et recensement Structure and methodology Structure et méthodologie Abbreviations / Abréviations 1. Antecedents / Antécédents 2. Illustrated books and periodicals / Livres et périodiques illustrés 3. Specialist periodicals / Périodiques spécialisés 4. Handbooks and applications / Manuels et applications 5. Désiré Van Monckhoven: his work / son oeuvre 6. Semantic miscellany : photography as metaphor / Divers sémantique : la photographie comme métaphore 7. Trade catalogues / Catalogues commerciaux 8. Association belge de Photographie : publications 9. Bulletin de l’Association belge de Photographie : illustrations Album Biography and portraiture / Biographie et portraits Society and photo-journalism / Société et photo-reportage Science and technology, industry and transport / Sciences et techniques, industrie et transports Fine and applied arts / Beaux-arts et arts appliqués Topography and architecture / Topographie et architecture
Historical references / Références historiques
Critical sources: a selective bibliography / Sources critiques : bibliographie sélective Photography and printing / Photographie et imprimerie Photography in Belgium 1839-1914 / La photographie en Belgique 1839-1914
Glossary Glossaire
Subject index / Index thématique
Name index / Index des noms propres
Bulletin de l’Association belge de Photographie, 1874-1900 : index of photographers and printers / index des photographes et des imprimeurs

Steven F. Joseph

Steven F. Joseph is a photo-historian and Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society. His research areas include early photography in Belgium and the application of photography to printing and book illustration.

Steven F. Joseph est historien de la photographie et Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society. Ses recherches portent sur les débuts de la photographie en Belgique et l'application de la photographie à l'imprimerie et à l'illustration de livres.

One does not know what to admire most in a book that could have been horribly dull and dry but which is not, thanks to the clever information management of the author and the exemplary layout of the publisher. The introductory essay provides the reader with basic historical and technical knowledge, while remaining extremely modest on its scope and stakes. The ambition of Steven F. Joseph is in the very first place to describe, not to interpret. The subsequent sections display a similar modesty. 'The purpose of the following bibliography and census', the author remarks, 'is to present an in-depth survey of Belgian photographic literature from the 19th century. It is thus an initial and indispensable step towards a qualitative and quantitative study of sources, enabling firm conclusions to be drawn as to the phenomenon of photographic illustration, the economic development of photographic publishing and its technology in Belgium up to 1900'. These words are too modest. A book like this is much more than the first step towards a quantitative analysis. One may even wonder whether there will ever exist a second attempt to describe the same corpus with the same degree of precision and completeness.
Jan Baetens, History of Photography, 40:4, 454-456, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03087298.2016.1251070

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