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Camera Clues: A Handbook for Photographic Investigation

by Joe Nickell

Availablepaperback$30.00x 978-0-8131-9124-9
Out of Printcloth$40.00s 978-0-8131-1894-9
248 pages  Pubdate: 06/10/2005  6 x 9  photos, illus

Nationally known historical investigator Joe Nickell tells us how to identify and date old photos and how to distinguish originals from copies and fakes. He addresses forensic application, “surreptitious photography,” and legal concerns. Particularly intriguing is his discussion of camera tricks, darkroom deceptions, retouching techniques, computer technology, and trickery detection. Nickell concludes with an exciting look at “paranormal” photography: alleged photographs of ghosts, UFOs, and legendary creatures, “miracle pictures,” and psychokinetic (ESP-produced) photos.

Written in a clear, lively style, this book makes for fascinating reading and will be of keen interest to photography enthusiasts. -- Library Journal

The scope of this text is wide enough to accommodate a variety of photographic investigators. . . . The use of case studies from both the nineteenth and twentieth centuries bolsters the relevance of this handbook, which is a valuable tool for solving photographic mysteries. -- National Genealogical Society Quarterly

Explains techniques in detecting fake photographs or copies and ways of restoring deteriorating images. -- Manchester (KY) Enterprise