|The following was transcribed from the British Journal of Photography and compiled by Rachel K. Wetzel:|
British Journal of Photography Almanac Annual Summary of Photographic Inventions and Events in Photographic History, electronic publication, Summer 2004.
The contents of this web page were part of a research project I conducted
during the summer of 2004 at the George Eastman House. The Samuel H. Kress
Foundation funded it generously while I was in attendance at the State University
of New York, Buffalo State College’s Art Conservation Masters degree program.
The desire to learn about the history of photography in the 19th century lead me
to the British Journal of Photography Almanac, where I found a summary of
inventions and progress in the field of photography illustrated for each year.
Quickly after reading a few of these volumes, it became apparent that this
information needed to be shared publicly for anyone interested in researching
19th and early 20th century processes, inventions and inventors, as these journals
are long out of print and somewhat difficult to find.
These almanacs are housed in the rare book section of the George Eastman House Library. Many of the volumes are fragile, as they are over 100 years old, making photocopying or digital imaging of these materials nearly impossible. So, I spent the summer typing the progress summaries from each volume into a PDF document that could be placed on the website and easily searched for specific information. The time span runs from 1866 to 1928, though there are a few gaps. Most volumes contained the year’s summary section, however due to changes in editorial staff at the British Journal of Photography Almanac, sometimes this section was omitted. I have also included the obituary section of each volume, if applicable, as it contains valuable information about key inventors, photographers, and chemists of the time. I hope you enjoy the wealth of information found in these almanacs as much as I did. –Rachel K. Wetzel
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