Best Photography Encyclopedias and Reference Books

1. The Focal Encyclopedia of Photography, Fourth Edition

by Michael R. Peres

*Searchable CD ROM containing the entire book (including images) *Over 450 color images, plus never before published images provided by the George Eastman House collection, as well as images from Ansel Adams, Howard Schatz, and Jerry Uelsmann to name just a few The role and value of the picture cannot be matched for accuracy or impact. This comprehensive treatise, featuring the history and historical processes of photography, contemporary applications, and…»

2. The Book of Photography: The History, the Technique, the Art, the Future

by Anne H. Hoy

Since its invention in 1839, photography has come to change not only the way we view the world, but the world itself. Every fieldâÄîmedicine, astronomy, journalism, art, geography, historyâÄîhas been revolutionized by photography.Now, spanning more than 166 years of photographic history and the work of more than 250 photographers, this comprehensive and global volume explores every aspect of photography-the newest inventions, revolutionary past, ever-changing…»

3. The Concise Focal Encyclopedia of Photography: From the First Photo on Paper to the Digital Revolution

by Michael R. Peres

Defining photography is impossible. Revealing it is another matter, and that's what The Concise Focal Encyclopedia of Photography does,with each turn of the page.History: The technical origins and evolution of photography are half of the story. The other half consists of the ways that cultural forces have transformed photography into a constellation of practices more diverse than any other mode of representation. Photographers can tell a more in-depth…»

4. Michael Freeman's Digital Photography Reference System

by Michael Freeman

This is a perfect and unique gift for people with a DSLR or for yourself!By the time you buy all of the reference books you'll need to learn about digital photography, you'll end up spending hundreds of dollars. This cost effective, all-in-one system delivers everything you need to know about digital photography, and it's written by one of the best photographers and teachers in the field: Michael Freeman. Each component of the kit is lavishly illustrated…»

5. Photospeak: A Guide to the Ideas, Movements, and Techniques of Photography, 1839 to the Present

by Gilles Mora

The complexities of photographics techniques, from the calotype to digital imaging and beyond, are explained in this work. The aesthetic concepts and critical language used to explain photography over the century and a half are demystified in prose.»

6. Encyclopedia of Nineteenth-Century Photography

by John Hannavy

The Encyclopedia of Nineteenth-Century Photography is the first comprehensive encyclopedia of world photography up to the beginning of the twentieth century. It sets out to be the standard, definitive reference work on the subject for years to come. Its coverage is global âÄì an important âÄòfirstâÄô in that authorities from all over the world have contributed their expertise and scholarship towards making this a truly comprehensive publication. The Encyclopedia…»

7. Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Photography

by Lynne Warren

The Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Photography explores the vast international scope of twentieth-century photography and explains that history with a wide-ranging, interdisciplinary manner. This unique approach covers the aesthetic history of photography as an evolving art and documentary form, while also recognizing it as a developing technology and cultural force. This Encyclopedia presents the important developments, movements, photographers,…»