Fine Arts Library

Rare Photography Publications

The Fine Arts Library has over 250 19th-century photographic manuals which may be used to study historic techniques and trace the development of photographic technology over time.

Alphonse Davanne. La photographie : traité théorique et pratique. Paris, 1886. XCAGE XFA10085.33.

Alphonse Davanne. La photographie : traité théorique et pratique. Paris, 1886. XCAGE XFA10085.33.

Our collections also include an extensive collection of photographer’s monographs. This collection includes work from all the most prominent photographers working from the 19th to the 21st centuries, often in rare first or early editions.

In addition, we have an excellent collection of late 19th- and early 20th-century photography periodicals, due in large part to a 1925 gift of the library of the Boston firm, the American Photographic Publishing Company.

  • For more information contact Amanda Bowen, Head of Collections.

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