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Disappearance of Darkness: Photography at the End of the Analog Era [Hardcover]

Robert Burley
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Oct. 24 2012
Over the past decade, photographer Robert Burley has traveled the world documenting the abandonment and destruction of film-based photography, namely, the factories where film was produced and the labs that developed it. Burley's atmospheric large-format photographs transport viewers to rarely seen sites where the alchemy of the photographic process was practiced over the last century-from the Polaroid plant in Waltham, Massachusetts to the Kodak-Pathé plant in Chalon-sur-Saône, France, the birthplace in 1827 of photography itself. As both fine art and documentary, The Disappearance of Darkness is an elegiac reflection on the resilience of traditional art forms in the digital era and a vital commemoration of a century-old industry that seems to have disappeared overnight.

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"The Disappearance of Darkness is an exceptional chronicle of photography's 'transition from industrial to information age, ' and I can't imagine any photographer not appreciating this book." -- Photo Life magazine

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Robert Burley is an established artist who has been photographing for over twenty years. His work explores the relationship between nature and cities, architecture and the urban landscape. Burley currently teaches at Ryerson University's School of Image Arts in Toronto, Canada.

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5.0 out of 5 stars End of an era May 7 2014
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I chose this book because for over 30 years I worked at Kodak Canada. When the photographic exhibit from this book came to Toronto, I went and was very moved. It shows that nothing ever remains the same.

I would recommend this book to anyone who worked or is still working with photography. It is well written and the photography is excellent.
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By Ainsley
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An Important Moment in The History of Photography: this book documents the disappearance of analog photography. Beautifully done, and a sad tale for the film and darkroom lover.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Long live Film Aug. 4 2014
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Excellent work, good research and how great companies can faill.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Photos Jan. 12 2013
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That's what this is about - photography. It gives an interesting visual history. I really don't have much else to say.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Elegiac Tone Poem to a Vanishing Wonder Nov. 29 2012
By Rick Grant - Published on Amazon.com
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Robert Burley has done the history of analog film a great justice with this book. His prose, and of course his photographs, documenting the world's unstoppable move over to digital photography is a fine and final send off for a medium that truly did change the world.

This is a wonderful merging of writing and photography tinged with sadness for a passing giant.

Film will continue to be used for decades by some but there are now new born generations of photographers who have never seen it. There are as well passing generations of old photographers who don't miss it at all.

But in reading Mr Burley's book I got a real feeling of what a thundering giant in the world of Art film once was.

His quoting of Shelley's "Ozymandias" is truly apt. The last two lines of that poem capture the glory that once was, and has now faded.

"Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away."
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "The creative destruction of the digital age" Dec 12 2012
By Rick Vivian - Published on Amazon.com
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A beautifully presented chronicle of a bygone era in photography and the demise of the "analogue process".
Curator Alison Nordstrom states in an accompanying essay: "We can hold this book in our hands and turn the pages for our
children, and tell them what we remember of a different time from theirs."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very deep inside the end of an era Jan. 5 2014
By Paulino Vito Varela - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed every word of this book. I know that the past is a lonely place to stay, but the way the book was written made me recall when i used to have Kodak as a reference, both products and business. I live in Brazil, in a town named Sao Jose dos Campos and we had, ten years ago, one good Kodak operation here, I guess more than 2000 employees. Now the plant is closed, the main build still exists but the land is for sale. One lonely faded billboard still says KODAK.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This book will be Remembered in years to come May 11 2013
By Adam North - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a sad moving documentary of the demise of photographic film manufacturing
I am still digesting through the book
I am pleased there is a documentary on the demise of photographic film manufacturing before too late
This book will be Remembered in years to come
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia at its finest Feb. 28 2013
By Bert - Published on Amazon.com
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A personal journey of an industry coming to terms with its own demise. Very sad to read through this book as a film user of many years. I am very happy Mr. Burley took the time to do this for all the rest of us.
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