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Helmut Erich Robert Kuno Gernsheim (1 March 1913 — 20 July 1995) was a renowned historian of photography, collector, and photographer. Born in Munich, Germany, Gernsheim went on to study art history at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, took up photography in 1934, and graduated from the State School of Photography, Munich, after two year's study. In 1937 he managed to flee Germany (he was half-Jewish) and started working as a colour photographer in the UK using the German Uvachrome process. He was given British citizenship in 1946.

At the outset of World War II he was interned for a year along with other German nationals during which time he wrote his critique on photography, New Photo Vision, which was published in 1942 and led to his becoming a friend of fellow critic Beaumont Newhall. After being released from internment he worked for the National Buildings Record, photographing important monuments with a view to revealing their artistic merits. These photographs became the basis of two more books, and in 1943 were described by The Architectural Review as "nothing short of a rediscovery of the Baroque monuments".

In 1945, at Newhall's prompting, he started collecting the works of historic British photographers which were fast disappearing since few people valued them, amassing work by such luminaries as Julia Margaret Cameron, Alvin Langdon Coburn, Hill & Adamson, and rediscovering the long-lost hobby of Lewis Carroll when in 1947 he stumbled across an album of Carroll's portraits in a junk shop. Ultimately this collection, along with an estimated 3-4 million words of notes on the subject that he amassed with the help of his wife Alison, led to his writing the 180,000 word book The History of Photography. When the first edition was published by the OUP in 1955 it became an instant classic and the definitive reference work for historians of photography for decades afterwards, being described by Beaumont Newhall as "a milestone in the history of photography" and by other reviewers as "the photographer's bible" and "an encyclopaedic work". Along the way, in 1952 Gernsheim discovered the long-lost world's first permanent photograph from nature, created by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce in 1826.

Ultimately Gernsheim needed to find a home for his vast collection of photographs and notes, and sought unsuccessfully to found a national museum of photograpy in the UK (ultimately a National Museum did not happen until 1983). In the end, after many fruitless discussions with authorities and potential sponsors in several countries, he sold everything to the University of Texas at Austin in 1957 where it formed the basis of a new Department of Photography.

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Total Books: 20
Creative Photography  Aesthetic Trends 1839-1960
1991 - Creative Photography Aesthetic Trends 1839-1960 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780486267500
ISBN-10: 0486267504
Genre: Arts & Photography
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The Rise of Photography 1850-1880 The Age of Collodion
1988 - The Rise of Photography 1850-1880 the Age of Collodion [The History of Photography, Vol 2] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780500973493
ISBN-10: 0500973490
Genre: Arts & Photography
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A Concise History of Photography  Third Revised Edition
1986 - A Concise History of Photography Third Revised Edition (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780486251288
ISBN-10: 0486251284
Genre: Arts & Photography
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The Origins of Photography
1983 - The Origins of Photography [The History of Photography / Helmut Gernsheim, V. 1] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780500540800
ISBN-10: 0500540802
Genre: Arts & Photography
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Lewis Carroll Victorian Photographer
1980 - Lewis Carroll VIctorian Photographer [Iconographia] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780500271711
ISBN-10: 0500271712
Genre: Arts & Photography
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Creative Photography Aesthetic Trends 1839-1960
1962 - Creative Photography Aesthetic Trends 1839-1960 (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780571055425
ISBN-10: 0571055427
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Roger Fenton Photographer of the Crimean War his photographs and his letters from the Crimea
L J M Daguerre The History of the Diorama and the Daguerreotype
L J M Daguerre the History of the Diorama and the Daguerreotype (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780486222905
ISBN-10: 048622290X
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Lewis Carroll Photographer
Lewis Carroll Photographer (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780486223278
ISBN-10: 0486223272
Genre: Arts & Photography
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History of Photography
History of Photography (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780500010600
ISBN-10: 0500010609
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Concise History of Photography
Concise History of Photography (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780500200346
ISBN-10: 0500200343
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Images The Photographs of Peter Gasser
Images the Photographs of Peter Gasser (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780893811976
ISBN-10: 0893811971
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Julia Margaret Cameron Her Life and Photographic Work
Julia Margaret Cameron Her Life and Photographic Work (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780893812539
ISBN-10: 0893812536
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Julia Margaret Cameron Her life and photographic work
Julia Margaret Cameron Her Life and Photographic Work (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780900406614
ISBN-10: 0900406615
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Julia Margaret Cameron Her life and photographic work
Julia Margaret Cameron Her Life and Photographic Work (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780912334509
ISBN-10: 0912334509
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Julia Margaret Cameron Her Life and Photographic Work
Julia Margaret Cameron Her Life and Photographic Work (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780912334516
ISBN-10: 0912334517
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Geschichte der Photographie Die ersten hundert Jahre
Geschichte Der Photographie Die Ersten Hundert Jahre [Propylaen Kunstgeschichte. Supplement- und Sonderbande - German Edition] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9783549052136
ISBN-10: 3549052138
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