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Poetic Localities of Cambridge
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About this book:
Poetic Localities of Cambridge
William James Stillman (1828–1901)
Boston: J.R. Osgood and Company, 1876

Photographic reproduction processes introduced realism in illustration, even for imaginative works.

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North American Wild Flowers
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About this book:
North American Wild Flowers
Mary Vaux Walcott (1860–1940)
Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, 1925

North American Wild Flowers reproduced the delicate color effects of Walcott’s original watercolors through a special photoengraving technique that printer William E. Rudge called the “Smithsonian Process.”

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Moseley Rubber Sports Goods
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About this book:
Moseley Rubber Sports Goods
David Moseley & Sons, Ltd.
Manchester: 1935

Photography replaced line art in picturing goods for sale.

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Islands of Hawaii
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About this book:
The Islands of Hawaii
Edward Joesting (1925-1986)
1958
National Museum of American History Library

This volume was sponsored by a Hawaiian bank to present images of the people as well as their remarkable landscape. The book was designed by Herbert Bayer whose distinctive atlas is also featured in this exhibition. In his “Note on Photography” at the end of the book, Adams discussed his search for balance between the imaginative and the factual for this project, and he provided technical notes on the cameras, lenses, and films used for each illustration.

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Yosemite Valley
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About this book:
Yosemite Valley
Ansel Adams (1902-1984)
San Francisco: 5 Associates, 1959

Adams began photographing Yosemite with his first camera as a boy of 14, and his work in the valley was published in many volumes over his long career. The text for this volume includes Adams’s own words from his earlier book, My Camera in Yosemite Valley, plus several pages of technical notes and exposure recommendations.

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Twelve Days at Santa Cruz
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About this book:
Twelve Days at Santa Cruz
By participants in workshop, Images and Words: the Making of a Photographic Book
Monterey, Calif: Herald Printers, 1968
National Museum of American History Library

In the summer of 1967, Ansel Adams and his colleagues Beaumont and Nancy Newhall led a workshop for the extension division of the University of California at Santa Cruz. They taught 28 people how to photograph, research, write, and design this publication, a book illustrated with the participants’ own photographs.

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Pencil of Nature
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About this book:
The Pencil of Nature
W.H.F. Talbot
New York: Hans P. Kraus, 1989

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