Introduction to Digital Photography: Conducting Library Research on Your Topic

Below are guides for conducting research on your chosen topic. You have the option to view the guide as a video (with or without music and animation) or as a PowerPoint presentation.

Library Research for Intro to Digital Photography Video

Library Research for Intro to Digital Photography PPT

Photography: The Key Concepts by David Bate


“It is hard to imagine anyone’s everyday life without photography being involved in some way, from passport photographs, to publicity, postcards, magazines and art galleries. Photography is one of the most pervasive media and consequently difficult to grasp as a single thing. Associated with both science and art from its beginning, photography crosses many boundaries and, with the advent of digital imaging and manipulation, it has extended its presence even further. This book boils down the massive territory of photography to the key genres, discussing each in turn to show how they have become even more relevant in today’s dynamic cultural and technological context. Illustrated with a range of historical and contemporary images and case material, this book is essential reading for anyone interested in photography.”-Publisher

Online resource available to Mason students, faculty, staff, and onsite patrons.


New York Photos: A Collection Relating to Trolleys in Chautauqua County, New York

Photo album in Special Collections & Archives that includes over 70 snap shot photographs of trolleys in operation in Jamestown, Bemus’ Point, Mayville, Westfield, and Dewitville, New York. Also with tickets, schedules, time tables mounted in a scapbook (28 x 36 cm).

Location: Fenwick Special Collections
Call Number: TF724.N6 N49 1900z

Harry Ransom Center Digital Collections

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Part of the University of Texas at Austin, “The Harry Ransom Center is an internationally renowned humanities research library and museum. Its extensive holdings provide a unique record of the creative process of writers and artists, deepening our understanding of literature, photography, film, art, and the performing arts. Thousands of scholars, students, and cultural enthusiasts from around the world study materials from the collections each year.” Digital collections include 262 albumen photographs by Julia Margaret Cameron and the Lewis Carroll photography collection.

Harry Ransom Center Digital Collections

Exhibit of daguerreotypes at MIT

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A new exhibit will be on view at the Kurtz Gallery for Photography at the MIT Museum in Boston, MA from April 18, 2014 to January 4, 2015. The exhibit includes 100 photographs with subjects ranging from portraits of abolitionists and slaves to cross-dressers and chicken-pluckers. To read more about the exhibit click on the image below or go straight to the press release.
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Hunting and Gathering

The blog Hunting and Gathering: 19th & early to mid-20th century Georgia photographers & their associates is a great resource on not just Georgia photographers and their associates! The blog has frequent postings on research tips for researching southern photographers as well as the history of photography in general. The blog is maintained by E. Lee Eltzroth and serves to document the Georgia Photographers Documentation Project.

This list of free and inexpensive e-books was featured in the blog post Decoding the History of Photography – Free & Inexpensive E-books (Tuesday Tips) on March 11.

Classic Texts

William Henry Fox Talbot, The Pencil of Nature (1844) at

History & Practice of the Art of Photography, by Henry Hunt Snelling (1849)

The Principles & Practice of Photography, by Jabez Hughes (1861)

Processes, Formats, and Styles (in chronological order)

The American Handbook of the Daguerreotype, by S. D. Humprey (1858)

Cyanomicon – History, Science and Art of Cyanotype: Photographic Printing in Prussian Blue by Mike Ware (2014)

The Silver Sunbeam, a Practical and Theoretical Textbook…. (1873) by John Towler

Book of the Lantern: Being a practical guide to the working of the optical (or magic) lantern (1889)

“Digital Books on Magic Lanterns” page of the Magic Lantern Research Group

Photographic Reproduction Processes (1891) by Peter C. Duchochois

Bromide Printing & Enlarging by John A. Tennant (1912)

Pictorial Photography, its Principals and Practice (1917) by Paul Lewis Anderson.