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Capturing nature : early scientific photography at the Australian Museum 1857-1893 / Vanessa Finney
Bib ID 7896354
Format BookBook [text, still image, volume]
Author
Finney, Vanessa, author
 
Description Sydney : NewSouth Publishing, 2019 
©2019 
v, 199 pages : illustrations, portraits, photographs ; 27 cm 
ISBN 1742236200
9781742236209 (paperback)
Summary

The groundbreaking scientific photographs of Australian Museum curator Gerard Krefft and taxidermist Henry Barnes are revealed for the first time. In the mid-nineteenth century, scientists around the world were quick to see photography's huge potential for capturing fleeting moments of life, death and discovery. At the Australian Museum, curator Gerard Krefft and taxidermist Henry Barnes began to experiment with the revolutionary new art form, preparing and staging their specimens from whales and giant sunfish to lifelike lyre bird scenes and fossils and documenting them in thousands of arresting images. Capturing Nature reveals these groundbreaking photographs for the first time, along with the Australian Museum's urgent quest to become more scientific in its practices.

Notes

Includes bibliographical references (pages188-194) and index.

Subjects Krefft, Gerard, 1830-1881.  |  Barnes, Henry, -1904.  |  Australian Museum -- History.  |  Science museums -- New South Wales -- Sydney -- History -- 19th century -- Pictorial works.  |  Museum exhibits -- New South Wales -- Sydney -- History -- 19th century.  |  Photography -- New South Wales -- Sydney -- History -- 19th century.  |  Nature photography -- New South Wales -- Sydney -- History -- 19th century.  |  Natural history museums -- New South Wales -- Sydney -- History -- 19th century.  |  Nature photography -- Australia -- Exhibitions.  |  Wildlife photography -- Australia -- Exhibitions.  |  Natural history -- Australia.  |  Zoological specimens -- Australia -- Exhibitions.  |  Zoological specimens -- Australia -- Pictorial works.  |  Photography, Biological -- Exhibitions.  |  Photography, Biological -- Pictorial works.  |  Australian
Other authors/contributors McKay, Kim, author of introduction

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