Photography and Travel (Reaktion Books – Exposures)


Photography and travel go hand in hand—landmarks and scenic vistas everywhere are thronged by tourists with their eye to the view finder, trying to capture their memories on film or in megapixel. When the pioneers of photography, Henry Fox Talbot and Louis Daguerre, made their inventions public in 1839, advocates for the new technology immediately recognized photography’s capability to vividly present the spectacles of the world and make famous sights accessible to those who were not able to experience them in person. In this lively account of the partnership between photography and travel, Graham Smith explores the diverse ways pictures and travel have been partnered from the nineteenth century to today.Taking us from France and Italy to Egypt, Japan, and North America, Smith illustrates how photography was influenced by new forms of transcontinental travel, including railroads, cars, and planes. He shows that as travel has become more democratized, the methods and experiences of

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