A History of Photography in 50 Cameras
A History of Photography in 50 Cameras
A History of Photography in 50 Cameras A History of Photography in 50 Cameras A History of Photography in 50 Cameras A History of Photography in 50 Cameras A History of Photography in 50 Cameras

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Publisher: Firefly Books

Edition Notes: Paperback Edition
Author Statement: Michael Pritchard, FRPS
Audience: Trade
Specs: 150 illustrations, glossary, bibliography, index
Pages: 224
Trim Size: 6 3/4" X 9" X 5/8"
Language code 1: eng
Publication Date: 20220531
Copyright Year: 2014
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A History of Photography in 50 Cameras

This is an ideal book for camera collectors as well as anyone researching the history and art of photography.

A History of Photography in 50 Cameras explores the 180-year story of perhaps the most widely used device ever built. It covers cameras in all forms, revealing the origins and development of each model and tracing the stories of the photographers who used and popularized them. Illustrated throughout with studio shots of all fifty cameras and a selection of iconic photographs made using them, it is the perfect companion guide for camera and photography enthusiasts alike.

The cameras include:

  • The Nikon F, the "hockey puck" that saved photographer Don McCullin's life when it stopped a sniper's bullet during the Vietnam War. Its indestructibility, reliability and interchangeable lenses made it a favored workhorse of photojournalists.
  • The Leica M3-D was also favored by war photographers, including David Duncan Douglas, who used the camera during his coverage of the Korean and Vietnam Wars. In 2012, one of his four customized Leica cameras sold at auction for nearly $2 million.
  • A Speed Graphic was used to take Sam Shere's widely published photograph of the 1937 Hindenburg disaster, "the world's most famous news photograph ever taken." With few shots left and no time to get the camera to his eye, he shot his Pulitzer Prize-winning image "literally from the hip. It was over so fast there was nothing else to do."
  • The camera phone has transformed picture-taking technology most profoundly since the invention of cameras. The "selfie" has become a new genre of photography practiced by everyone, and shared globally.


Dr. Michael Pritchard, FRPS, has over thirty years' experience as a researcher of photographic history and technology. He has written and lectured extensively and was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society for his work on the history of photography. He has contributed to numerous journals and publications, including The Oxford Companion to the Photograph and the Encyclopaedia of Nineteenth-Century Photography. Michael has been director-general of the Royal Photographic Society since 2011.




1 The Giroux Daguerreotype
2 The Talbot "Mousetrap"
3 Ottewill's Double-Folding Camera
4 Powell's Stereoscopic Camera
5 The Sutton Panoramic
6 The Kodak
7 The Stirn Concealed Vest Camera
8 The Enjalbert Revolver de Poche
9 The Rouch Eureka
10 The Goerz Anschütz
11 The Thornton-Pickard Royal Ruby
12 The Scovill Book Camera
13 The Sanderson Hand Camera
14 The Kodak Brownie
15 The Ticka
16 The Soho Reflex
17 The Vest Pocket Kodak
18 The Thornton-Pickard Mark III Hythe Camera Gun
19 The Ermanox
20 The Leica I
21 The Contax I
22 The Voigtländer Prominent
23 The Coronet Midget
24 The Canon Hansa
25 The Kine Exakta
26 The Minox
27 The Compass
28 The Kodak Super Six-20
29 The Kodak Matchbox
30 The Pacemaker Speed Graphic
31 The Hasselblad
32 The Polaroid Land Model 95
33 The View-Master Personal Stereo Camera
34 The Leica M3
35 The Rolleiflex 3.5F
36 The Nikon F
37 The Topcon RE Super
38 The Kodak Instamatic
39 The Pentax Spotmatic
40 The Olympus OM-1
41 The Pocket Instamatic
42 The Polaroid SX-70
43 The Konica C35 AF
44 The Canon A-1
45 The Sony Mavica
46 The Fuji Quicksnap
47 The Kodak Nikon DCS100
48 The Apple QuickTake 100
49 The Canon EOS 5D Mark III
50 The Nokia Lumia 1020
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Bibliography and Acknowledgments

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