- 19 × 25 cm hardcover books
- Published by Thames & Hudson
- designed by Loose Joints
Visually compelling, Cameraless Photography is an outstanding introductory overview of the major creative, cameraless processes running throughout the history of photography – including photograms, chemigrams, luminograms, dye destruction prints and more – illustrated by the cameraless work of some of photography’s greatest names. More than 125 photographs are supported by extended commentaries and a concise introduction. The book begins with the early photographic experiments of artists such as Anna Atkins in the 19th century through the avant-garde photograms of modernists such as Man Ray, to the work of contemporary artists, such as Susan Derges, nearly two centuries later.
The V&A Photography Library is a new series of accessible, introductory volumes to the key themes, works, objects and individuals in photography, illustrated with unprecedented access to the V&A’s photography collection: the oldest held by a public museum and one of the largest and finest in the world.
We were approached by Thames & Hudson to find a way to connect the V&A's diverse collections, from the earliest photographs to the most modern, in an accessible and flexible format for an ongoing series of books. The first two titles, Cameraless Photography and Making It Up: Photographic Fictions, were published in September 2018 with four more titles planned for the coming year. The books employ a visual style that emphasises details and the tactile qualities of their physical holdings, as well as using contemporary Victorian revival typefaces (Pegasus by Dinamo and Figgins Sans by Nick Shinn) to highlight the connections across history throughout the books.