Capturing the Light: The Birth of Photography, a True Story of Genius and Rivalry
In the 1830s the world was enamored with science and the new inventions, technologies, discoveries (real and fraudulent) that appeared daily. No science was more fascinating than what would one day become known as photography. Of those experimenting with various forms of this seemingly magical art, two men stood out: Henry Fox Talbot and Louis Daguerre. Englishman Talbot worked in seclusion to find a means of capturing light and making permanent images of people and places around him. Daguerre, inventor of the Daguerreotype, labored in Paris and faced similar challenges and disappointments, but was far and away the better publicist for his discoveries. This is their exciting true tale – colored with brilliance and the drive to be first. Capturing the Light sweeps the reader into the world of shadowgrams, the heliograph, the magic cabinet, and the drama of the Great Exhibition of 1851. An irresistible read!