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These books are not available for purchase during the move from Birmingham Central Library to the Library of Birmingham.

You can still reserve copies for loan through the online catalogue.

Sunlight and Shadow

The Photographs of Emma Barton 1872-1938
Edited by Peter James, Tessa Sidey and John Taylor

Emma Barton grew up in a nineteenth century working- class environment in Birmingham, yet she went on to lead a comfortable middle-class life. She became a Pictorial Art photographer who had achieved international fame before the First World War. Curiously she is now virtually unknown. This book tells the story of her life and work and is heavily illustrated with colour and black and white examples of her unique photographic style.

Coming to Light

Birmingham's Photographic Collections introduced by Peter James

This publication outlines the important role which Birmingham played in the history of photography. It also surveys the development of the photographic collections in Birmingham Central Library and Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, with many fine examples from different places in the world and periods in time. The book also acts as a finding-aid to anyone wishing to use Birmingham's photographic resources.

Harrison's Warwickshire

Photographs of the County, 1890-1908
by William Jerome Harrison introduced by Peter James

At the turn of the nineteenth century William Jerome Harrison FGS took his camera through the quiet country lanes and busy city streets of Warwickshire, making photographic records of the county for posterity. This book enables us to peer through Harrison's viewfinder at sleepy villages, picturesque towns and a bustling Birmingham city captured as the shutter dropped, for ever fixing it in time.