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The Great Art of Light and Shadow

Archaeology of the Cinema

The Great Art of Light and Shadow by Laurent Mannoni
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The dream of being able to project moving illuminated images on a wall or screen is almost as old, in the history of humanity, as the dream of flight. The Great Art of Light and Shadow encompasses, among other devices, the 'invention' and early years of the magic lantern in the seventeenth century, the peepshows and perspective views of the eighteenth century, and the many weird and wonderful nineteenth-century attempts to recreate visions of real life in different ways and forms. Along the way these include the panorama and diorama, early photography, stereography and numerous optical toys and devices of varying shape and size. Finally there is an account of the attempts to fuse these effects together into a medium which would combine the realism of photography with the movement of the phenakistiscope and zoetrope.
Exeter University Press; January 2014
578 pages; ISBN 9780859899185
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Title: The Great Art of Light and Shadow
Author: Laurent Mannoni