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Description - Technologies of Seeing by Brian Winston

This text examines the complex forces pushing and constraining technological developments in cinema. It contests the view that technological advance is simply the result of scientific progress. Rather, the author argues that social forces control the media technology agenda at every stage. Questions posed by this work include why the cinema is 100 years old rather than 120 or 150 years old, why Kodak film stocks have such trouble capturing non-Caucasion skin tones, and why professionals waited thirty years before widely adopting 16mm film.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780851706023
ISBN-10: 0851706029
Format: Paperback / softback
(234mm x 153mm x mm)
Pages: 152
Imprint: BFI Publishing
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 1-Oct-1996
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Brian Winston

BRIAN WINSTON is the Lincoln Professor of Communications at the University of Lincoln, and has been involved with documentary since 1963. He has an Emmy for documentary scriptwriting; has taught documentary in both the US and the UK; and has long been involved with many international documentary film festivals and the Visible Evidence conference series. Winston first wrote about documentary in 1978. He is the author of a number of books, including Media, Technology and Society: A History, from the Telegraph to the Internet (1998), a volume on "Fires Were Started-" (1999) in the BFI Film Classics series, Lies, Damn Lies and Documentaries (2000) and Messages: Free Expression, Media and the West, from Gutenberg to Google (2005).

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