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Capturing Nature

Early Scientific Photography at the Australian Museum 1857-1893

Vanessa Finney



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New South Books
01 February 2019
Trade Illustration Selection in the 2020 AUPresses Book, Jacket, and Journal Show SHORTLISTED for Australian Book Design Awards 2020 Best Designed Nonfiction Book (inc. Scholarly and References) Highly Commended in the AAANZ Arts Writing and Publishing Awards, Best Medium Exhibition Catalogue category 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.
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:   01 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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