Cannon and Camera: Sea and Land Battles of the Spanish American War in Cuba, Camp Life, and the Return of the Soldiers (Classic Reprint)


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Excerpt from Cannon and Camera: Sea and Land Battles of the Spanish American War in Cuba, Camp Life, and the Return of the Soldiers

The practical application of modern photography is daily becoming more wide spread and useful. The camera is now a most important product of our nineteenth century civilization. It is an almost indis pensable instrument in nearly every profes sion and all the sciences.

Reproductive photography has revolu tionized periodical and book illustration. The photo-engraver’s camera has been for several years a most important agent in the preparation of the great daily newspaper, as well as the illustrated weekly and! Monthly magazine; and the improved hand camera is almost as important an implement in the out fit of a special correspondent as his pencil and notebook. It is more effective and satisfactory than the sketching pad, and has consequently superseded it.

The camera has long been a favourite im plement of the chase, capturing the image of game which it did not kill. But it remained for the author of this book to demonstrate its effectiveness as an instrument of war. Pho tographs have been made heretofore of camp life, the fields of military operations, and naval manoeuvres, but so far as I know Mr. Hem ment is the first photographer to obtain a complete pictorial description of an entire war, including not only the pictures Of life in camp or on board the men-of – war, but also faithful views of actual engagements both on land and sea.

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