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Revised and expanded edition
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UK £39.95
US $69.95
CAN $77.00
Hardback with jacket
208 pages
120 colour illustrations
28 x 25 cm (11.25 x 9.75 in)
ISBN: 978-1-8589-4592-7
Shadow Catchers
Camera-less Photography
Martin Barnes

The very first photographs of the nineteenth century were produced without the use of a camera. Today, having rediscovered camera-less techniques, a number of artists are using camera-less photography to create beautiful, startling images. Now available in an updated and fully revised edition, Shadow Catchers surveys the work of five leading practitioners – Pierre Cordier, Susan Derges, Adam Fuss, Garry Fabian Miller and Floris Neusüss – who, by casting shadows on light-sensitive paper or by chemically manipulating its surface, capture

the presence of objects, figures or glowing light. The resulting pictures are consistently powerful, often with surreal effects and symbolic content. This is the first book to gather together the work of these key contemporary artists, revealing the technical processes and creative practices involved in their art. In an age of mass-produced imagery, Shadow Catchers offers a fascinating insight into a world of handcrafted photographs that are at once visually striking and intellectually stimulating.

 

A unique survey of the most prominent contemporary artists creating photographs without the aid of a camera

Includes a fully revised and updated text as well as new works by the featured artists

An authoritative and sumptuously produced account of the history of camera-less photography and the processes involved

 

 

Published in association with the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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Author Profile

Martin Barnes is a graduate of Leicester University and the Courtauld Institute of Fine Art in London. Having worked at the Tate, Walker and Bluecoat galleries in Liverpool and the Witt Library in London, he moved to the Word & Image Department at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, where he is now Senior Curator of Photographs.

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A lavish coffee-table hardback … with plenty of juicy reproductions

The Spectator

Very highly recommended

Midwest Book Review

A glorious volume for gift or library

Lavender

A brilliant collection

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