Re: Blue-Black Cyanotype & Luster

From: Kai Hamann ^lt;[email protected]>
Date: 10/17/05-10:37:15 AM Z
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Hi Judy,

> It sounds like the book I have called "History of Photography" by Josef
> Maria Eder, translated by Edward Epstean, published by Dover Press (1978,
> as an "unabridged & unaltered republication of the work originally
> published by Columbia University Press, 1945") is different. It's 848
> pages including the index, with LOTS of names and DESCRIPTIONS of effects,
> findings, and processes, but nothing that someone (or this one) would
> consider a formula or could do if she didn't already know how to do it.
> Sounds to me like Columbia University picked out the stuff *they* liked,
> what a historian could understand, and left the "techy" stuff for geeks
> and that "Comprehensive Handbook on Photography."
> I wonder if that's been translated???

That should be the I/1. If YOU are not aware of it and nobody on this list can remember it I fear the "Handbook" was never translated in total. The "History" is kind of backeting the whole story and the following parts deal exclusively with techniques on a practical/academical level. At least itīs a good exercise so Iīve translated the titles (hoping not to break the rules of the list by not changing the topic):

Josef Maria Eder
Comprehensive Handbook on Photography
4 volumes in 16 parts (published by Knapp1892-1932 with several revised editions)

I. volume, 1. part: History of photography (about 1100 p. and 370 ill.)
I. volume, 2. part: Photochemistry -- The chemical effects of light (about 350 p., 50 ill.)
I. volume, 3. part: Photography with artificial light, spectral photography, aktinometry and chemical effects of colored light (about 670 p., 400 ill.)
I. volume, 4. part: Photographic lenses, their properties and testing. The photographic camera and devices for moment exposures (about 720 p., 890 ill.)
II. volume. 1. part: The basics of photographic negative processes (about 810 p., 120 ill.)
II. volume, 2. part: The photography with the collodion process (about 350 p., 70 ill.)
II. volume, 3. part: The daguerreotype (about 90 p., 40 ill.)
II. volume. 4. part: The theoretical and practical basics of the autotype (about 90 p., 90 ill.)
III. volume, 1. part: The manufacturing of photographic plates, films and papers and their processing with machines (about 590 p., 240 ill.)
III. volume, 2. part: The processing of photographic plates, films and papers (about 430 p., 60 ill.)
III. volume, 3. part: Sensitizing and desensitizing (about 360 p., 70 ill.)
III. volume, 4. part: The sensitometry, photographic photometry and spectrography (about 620 p., 200 ill.)
IV. volume, 1. part: The photographic print out processes with silver salts (positive process). The photographic raw and baryta papers (about 380 p., 40 ill.)
IV. volume, 2. part: The pigment process, oil, bromoil and gum print, light copy and dust on processes with chromates, pinatype, Kodachrome, hydrotype, copy processes with coloring organic compounds, diazotype, prints with tanning and chromogenic developers and artificial resins (about 600 p., 60 ill.)
IV. volume, 3. part: Heliogravure and rotational gravure print, photogalvanography, photoglypty, asphalt process and photographic etchings (about 460 p., 140 ill.)
IV. volume, 4. part: The print out processes, platinotype and different copy processes without silver salts (about 270 p., 30 ill.)

That adds up to nearly 8000 pages written by Eder and different specialists. Eder was lucky enough to have an enormous amount of facts and an overview by publishing an extensive yearbook on photography and printing techniques for maybe 40 times. I really donīt know how this guy got his sleep beeing a professor and director of an institute in Vienna in the first place.

All the best
Received on Mon Oct 17 09:33:32 2005

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