Guide to Identifying Photographs — book — 1800s to Modern

41xZ3mk+6kL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Written by the prominent art historian and authentication expert David Cycleback, Judging the Authenticity of Photographs: The Basics for Collectors covers the essentials to identifying, dating, understanding and authenticating photographs from the origins in the 1800s to today. It covers the whole range of photos, from tintypes to Polaroids, cabinet cards to wirephotos, salt prints to family snapshots, movie stills to real photo postcards. Topics include identification of photo processes, dating styles, identifying images made from the original negatives, stamps and tags, identifying fakes and reprints, and more. A concise guide essential for starting collectors and amateur genealogists to veteran auctioneers, dealers and historians.

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1) Introduction
2) A very brief overview of photographs and how they are
3) What is authenticity?
4) What is a photograph and what isn’t and how to tell the
5) ‘Original,’’printed later’ and a few other important
6) Identifying standard photographic processes: introduction
7) Albumen prints: the most common 1800s photograph
8) Gelatin-silver prints: the most common 1900s black &
white photograph
9) Chromogentic print: the most common true color
10) Early mounted photographs : cartes de visite, cabinet
cards, stereoviews, others
11) Real photo postcards
12) Daguerreotypes, ambrotypes and tintypes
13) Other metal and glass photographs
14) Rarer photographic processes and prints
15) Stamps
16) Judging if the image was made from the original negative
——– Press & Publishing Photos —-
17) Press and publishing photos
18) Identifying press and publishing photos
19) A brief historical overview
20) Stamps
21) Paper tags and caption sheets
22) Wirephotos
23) Production marks
24) Later generation and ‘printed later’ press photos 25) Assorted notes
26) Miscellaneous photos
27) Blacklight
28) Provenance
29) Photomechanical (not photographs) prints

30) Final notes

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