19.176 dry photography

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2005 06:53:49 +0100

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 19, No. 176.
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   [1] From: Adrian Miles <adrian.miles_at_rmit.edu.au> (16)
         Subject: Re: 19.173 "dry photography"?

   [2] From: Dennis Moser <aldus_at_angrek.com> (12)
         Subject: Re: 19.173 "dry photography"?

   [3] From: Matthew Zimmerman <mz34_at_nyu.edu> (7)
         Subject: Re: 19.173 "dry photography"?

         Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2005 06:39:23 +0100
         From: Adrian Miles <adrian.miles_at_rmit.edu.au>
         Subject: Re: 19.173 "dry photography"?

around the 26/7/05 "Humanist Discussion Group (by=20
way of Willard McCarty mentioned about 19.173 "dry photography"? that:
>In his famous essay, "As We May Think" (1945),
>Vannevar Bush describes his imaginary computer,
>the "memex", as working with "dry photography".
>Being francophone, I do not know what it means.
>Could someone tell me what is "dry photography"? Thanks.

I *think* it refers to being able to take photos
without needing a wet plate or a liquid bath of
some form for development of the image.
Photocopiers achieve this, polaroid does, and digital cameras :-)

Adrian Miles
         Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2005 06:39:58 +0100
         From: Dennis Moser <aldus_at_angrek.com>
         Subject: Re: 19.173 "dry photography"?
It is my understanding that this is a reference to the photocopying
processes such as XEROX, i.e., a process of photographically copying
with out using "wet" chemistry and hence, "dry" photography.
Dennis Moser
"That so few now dare to be eccentric, marks the chief
danger of the time"
--John Stuart Mill (1806-73)
         Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2005 06:40:26 +0100
         From: Matthew Zimmerman <mz34_at_nyu.edu>
         Subject: Re: 19.173 "dry photography"?
Hopefully there is a photographer on here who can correct me if I am
wrong, but I think he was referring to a day when a liquid chemical
was NOT needed to develop film into photographs, or "instant
photography". I suppose the Polaroid instant camera is one example of
it (though I think chemicals are involved). Xerox machines and fax
machines (which Bush mentions) may be another. Though I guess digital
cameras are the ultimate dry photography he had hoped for.
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