Emanations: The Art of the Cameraless Photograph 

Emanations: The Art of the Cameraless Photograph 

Geoffrey Batchen

Prestel/DelMonico books (Munich/New York) and the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand, 2016

Hardcover, 300 x 240 mm

180 colour illustrations

ISBN: 9783791355047


Available from Baker+Douglas

Reviewed by Natalya Hughes for CAA Reviews

Reviewed by Allison Meier for Hyperallergic


Exhibition reviewed by Nina Seja in Art New Zealand Number 159, Spring 2016

Exhibition reviewed by Anthony Byrt for ArtForum

A version of the exhibition showed at Monash Gallery of Art, Victoria in 2018 and is profiled in D-Photo


A unique exploration of the art of cameraless photography, this expansive book offers an authoritative and lavishly illustrated history of photographs made without a camera, along with a critical discussion of the practice. This book reveals the myriad approaches artists have used to create photographic images using just paper or film and a source of radiation.

Simultaneously a chronological history and a thematic study, this book explores a range of practices, some of which have been in use for more than a century, while others are entirely contemporary.

Geoffrey Batchen is a photographic historian who has published numerous works on the subject and curated exhibitions around the wolrd. He is currently a professor at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand.