"Light on the Water: Early Photography of Coastal British Columbia" (used book)

"Light on the Water: Early Photography of Coastal British Columbia" (used book)

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Light on the Water: Early Photography of Coastal British Columbia

by Keith McLaren


About the Book

Used Book. Hardcover. Dust jacket included. Like new. Signed copy

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Light on the Water presents a choice collection of over 120 captivating black-and-white historic photographs of boats, ships and people along the coast of British Columbia from the late 1850s to the 1940s

As Keith McLaren points out, we are fortunate that the growing popularity of photography developed at the same time as European settlement of the coast.  These early photographers left a legacy of superb images of intriguing and diverse subjects: sailing ships in storms, a pensive young girl at a launching, a fisherman baiting hooks, the luxurious interiors of Empress liners, gold seekers on the deck of a steamer, crowds waving good-bye to a troopship going off to war.

The introduction provides a brief description of early photographic techniques and the work of some local pioneer photographers. Encompassing the coast’s marine history are chapters on the days of sail, shipbuilding, coastal routes, trans-Pacific service, the naval presence, and trade and industry. Each chapter offers a historical overview and a portfolio of photographs.

As windows to the past, these memorable images offer fascinating views of some of the ships, industries and people that depended on the sea for their way of life. The beautifully detailed photos – superbly reproduced in duotone – are the harvest of six years of research in public and private collections. They are enriched with a knowledgeable text and informative captions that reveal the romance, harsh realities and tragedy of marine life.