Photography and the 1851 Great Exhibition


ISBN: 9781851779833
Author(s): Anthony Hamber and Tristram Hunt
Format: hardback
Year published: 2018
Publisher: V&A Publishing
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 416

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This is the first comprehensive study of the diverse role and impact of photography at the 1851 Great Exhibition in London, drawing together two decades of research to create a broader understanding of the step-change in image making and distribution represented by The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations – the genesis of the V&A. While the Great Exhibition has received a variety of detailed examinations, its role in exhibiting and furthering the cause and exploitation of photography and its impact on illustration has been largely underappreciated. More broadly, 1851 saw a massive change in information management: in the creation and dissemination of visually based graphic information characterized by images of the building, its contents and their display that collectively constituted the Great Exhibition.

Photography played a critical role in this quantum leap.


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