Camera: Eureka! The Biography of an Idea

Kane. (Eureka! The Biography of an Idea.). Aug. 2021. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781635924282; pap. $5.99. ISBN 9781635924299.
K-Gr 3–Veteran children’s author Driscoll offers a broad history of using light to take pictures: “Photos are all around us. Cameras, too. How exactly did people figure out how to freeze time this way?” This simple overview covers 2,500 years of photography. Colorful, cartoon illustrations fill each spread providing useful visual explanations. The history begins with a tiny hole in a wall that evolved into a camera obscura until lenses and a means to capture images via tar, glass plates, and, eventually, film came into practice. The time line is interrupted midway with a center spread that depicts a boy using a single-lens reflex camera diagrammed to represent the path of light. The focus then switches to different types of cameras with recording light on pixels rather than film described as the 1980s breakthrough that created digital cameras. The basic concept of stopping a moment in time is still the result regardless of how an image is recorded. Quick facts and tips for taking good photos are included.
VERDICT For collections where there is an interest in photography.

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