Silhouettes, pantographs, and physiognotraces are just a few of the pre-photographic topics covered by the George Eastman House in their new series of videos. This is the first of 12, each lasting about 6 minutes, beautifully illustrating the various photographic processes from the renaissance to the present. These videos make it much easier to understand and appreciate many objects in Princeton’s collection, such as:
Charles Balthazar Julien Févret de Saint-Mémin (1770-1852), Physiognotrace portrait of Thomas Jefferson, n.d. . Engraving and copperplate. 7.1 x 6.6 cm. Graphic Arts French prints. Gift of Charles Scribner Jr., Class of 1943.
Here is the link to the whole series: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=me5ke7agyOw&list=PL4F918844C147182A