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Cameras at War (ePub)

Photo Gear that Captured 100 Years of Conflict – From Crimea to Korea

Crimean War Korean War Photographic eBooks 20th Century Military 19th Century

By John Wade
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
File Size: 17.3 MB (.epub)
Illustrations: 260 black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781526760111
eBook Released: 7th July 2020

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Books about war and the pictures that came out of conflict usually concentrate on the picture content. But behind every picture there is a camera – and that’s what this book is about. Profusely illustrated throughout with pictures of the cameras, rather than the pictures they took, it looks at 100 years of conflict from the Crimean War to the Korean War. It begins in the days when a photographer needed to be more of a scientist than an artist, such were the difficulties of shooting and processing any photograph. It ends with the cameras whose compact dimensions, versatility and ease of use meant that photographers could largely forget the science and concentrate on the art. Some cameras simply recorded events. Others defined and changed the way those events proceeded. These were the cameras that went to war, and this is their story.

... an interesting book.

The Armourer, January 2021

Review by Martyn Boyd

A thoroughly enjoyable and informative book. Full of technical details about the cameras but not in an overly dry, text book way. Personally I’d have liked to know more about certain of the cameras, how they were deployed etc but that’s for my further reading. It’s a very good comprehensive account of the subject and I recommend it.

Ulster Aviation Society

As a keen military historian and photographer I found this fascinating on so many counts. It doesn't bring the story right up to the present day but I think it is helpful to look back over the 100 years of camera development between the Crimean and Korean Wars.

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Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland

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Hertfordshire Life, October 2020

A fascinating read that I got through in no time at all. If you are at all interested in some of the more obscure aspects of military history, or the history of photography, I would highly recommend this book.

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Iron Mammoth

A former editor of the UK magazine Photography, John Wade has written numerous books and articles on photographic and social history. Cameras at War contains clear and concise writing and excellent illustrations of cameras, accessories, and even vintage advertising.

Jerry Cleveland, History in Motion, September issue

This is an amazing collection of superb photograophs beginning with some from the Crimean War - coupled with a brilliant narrative that emphasises the use of photography to record conflict. Where would we be without such evidentiary mementoes?

Books Monthly

About John Wade

John Wade began his journalistic career on local newspapers, where he worked his way from junior reporter to deputy editor. He was editor of the UK magazine Photography for seven years before becoming a freelance writer and photographer thirty years ago. He has written and illustrated numerous articles on camera history for photographic and collectors’ magazines in the UK, America and Australia. He has also written articles on social history for magazines in the UK, and is the author of more than thirty books, published in the UK and US.

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