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Capturing Nature: Early Scientific Photography at the Australian Museum 1857-1893
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Vanessa Finney
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Capturing Nature: Early Scientific Photography at the Australian Museum 1857-1893

Vanessa Finney


9781742236209

New South Books


Exhibition catalogues & specific collections;
Photographs: collections;
Mathematics & Sciences;
Museum, historic sites, gallery & art guides;
Advocate - Science


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192 pages

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The ground-breaking scientific photographs of Australian Museum curator Gerard Krefft and taxidermist Henry Barnes are revealed for the first time.

In the mid-nineteenth century, some of the earliest adopters of the revolutionary new art form of photography were scientists. Museums around the world were quick to see the 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 photography in the 1860s, preparing and staging their specimens - from whales and giant sunfish to lifelike lyre bird scenes and fossils - and capturing them in thousands of beautiful and arresting images. Capturing Nature reveals this fascinating visual archive for the first time, profiling the remarkable partnership of Krefft and Barnes, their innovative work and the Australian Museum's urgent quest to become more scientific in its practices.

By:   Vanessa Finney
Imprint:   New South Books
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 260mm,  Width: 200mm, 
ISBN:   9781742236209
ISBN 10:   1742236200
Pages:   192
Publication Date:   February 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Vanessa Finney is a curator, historian and archivist with a special interest in natural history in colonial Australia. At the Australian Museum she manages the country's oldest and largest natural history archives and rare books collection. She is the author of Transformations: Harriet and Helena Scott, Colonial Sydney's Finest Natural History Painters (NewSouth December 2018).

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