In Camera Clues, Joe Nickell shares his methods of identifying and dating old photos and demonstrates how to distinguish originals from copies and fakes. Particularly intriguing are his discussions of camera tricks, darkroom manipulations, retouching techniques, and uses of computer technology to deceive the eye. Camera Clues concludes with a look at allegedly "paranormal" photography, from nineteenth-century "spirit photographs" to UFO snapshots.
"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