Dorset Before the Camera by David Burnett

3.5 out of 5 stars

I have lived in Dorset now for 17 years and I think that it is one of the most beautiful counties. It has a richly varied coastline and the landscapes vary from scarce heathland to the impressive cliffs of the Jurassic coastline. A few minutes on your favourite search engine and you can find some of the amazing photographs taken here.

The images in this book though were created by artists and cartographers hundreds of years before anyone had invented the photograph. The oldest image in here is from 1539 and Burnet has collected them together in various subjects including Towns, Castles and churches and Country Life.

I thought that this was a fascinating collection, alongside each illustration is a description of what it is as well as any details about the subject. There have been changes in over the years, it is kind of inevitable really, but every now and again there is a picture that shows how little has changed! One for the Dorset fan.

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  1. Liz Dexter

    Nice, and a good companion to the photographic books of today.

    • Paul

      It was. I did have two copies of this, and have already passed one on otherwise you could have had it

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