July 12 Birthday: George Eastman. IT’S A SNAP! GEORGE EASTMAN’S FIRST PHOTOGRAPH

July 12, 1854 – March 14, 1932
George Eastman, photographer, inventor

Overview

George
Eastman had a new hobby: photography. The year was 1877, and photography
was not as easy as you might think. It cost a lot and the equipment was
bulky, but George was about to change all that. What he lacked in
formal education, George more than made up for in ingenuity: he invented
dry plates, film, and the Brownie camera! The rest is history.
     For anyone who has ever taken a picture or posed for one, It’s a Snap! George Eastman’s First Photograph,
with its playful, informative text and lively illustrations, is a
splendid introduction to biography, to photography, and to the amazing
man who had so much to do with putting picture-taking within reach of us
all.

February 9 Birthday: SNOWFLAKE BENTLEY. Wilson Bentley

Wilson Bentley, photographer
b. February 9, 1865
d. December 23, 1931

SNOWFLAKE BENTLEY (Houghton Mifflin, 2009)

by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
illustrated by Mary Azarian

Overview

From the time he was a small boy, Wilson Bentley thought of the icy crystals as small miracles. And he determined that one day his camera would capture for others the wonder of the tiny crystals.

Bentley’s enthusiasm for photographing snowflakes was often misunderstood in his time, but his patience and determination revealed two important truths about snowflakes: first, that no two are alike and second, that each one is startlingly beautiful. His story, gracefully told by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and brought to life in Mary Azarian’s lovely woodcuts, gives children insight into a soul who had not only a scientist’s vision and perseverance but a clear passion for the wonders of nature.

Of all the forms of water the tiny six-pointed crystals of ice called snow are incomparably the most beautiful and varied.”