THE publication of these volumes is our response to a universal request probably never exceeded in the annals of technical education.

Down through the past successful years of the American School of Art and Photography, the daily intercourse with its thousands of students in all parts of the world has been incessantly punctuated with earnest requests for a standard library of photography.

It was generally recognized that from no other source could there emanate such a comprehensive contribution to photographic advancement.

This library is the result of the concentrated experience of every department of the American School of Art and Photography in the instruction of its vast number of students residing in every section of the civilized earth - an experience which enables the treatment of every feature of camera craft with a knowledge of world-wide conditions.

Of course, in the preparation of such a voluminous work of education and reference, constant recourse has been had to the knowledge of the highly trained specialists who assist in the operation of the far-reaching educational system of the American School of Art and Photography.

The illustrations supplied for this library have been furnished by the leading professional and amateur photographers of the country. They present an admirable object lesson and a good history of the art of photography as it is practiced today in the United States.

Interesting data regarding the method of their production and how to understand and enjoy them will be found at the end of each volume.

Introduction

THE "Complete Self-Instructing Library of Practical Photography" is a series of ten volumes devoted to the study of photography in all its branches. As the title indicates, it is a complete up-to-date working library on the practice of photography both as a science and an art. These volumes are the outcome of years of experience in teaching thousands of ambitious workers in photography by the American School of Art and Photography, of Scran-ton, Pa.

Volume 1, "A Complete Handbook on Elementary Photography," was written specially for the beginner, who is presumably ignorant of photography and the laws by which it is governed. He is taken, by easy stages, through all its branches - from the first principles of the art to its higher laws and methods. The volume contains all that the beginner would most naturally need to know at the start of his experience as an amateur photographer. In a series of practical lessons, it treats of the various types of cameras, the action of light, negatives from plates and films, exposure, development, printing, toning, trimming and mounting photographs. The treatment is not by any means exhaustive, but is planned only to enable the beginner to get a good general idea of the subject. Those who want a greater knowledge and a more scientific grasp of the subject, will find the theoretical side exhaustively treated in the subsequent volumes of the library. Above all else the instruction imparted is absolutely practical.

A special feature of this volume, and one worthy of close attention, is the data covering difficulties and failures in photography of the thousands of students and correspondents of the school. These difficulties have been condensed and revised by the instruction department under the direction of President Schriever.

Not without cause, then, it is claimed and expected, that the reader, after completing the lessons of this volume, will have a good fundamental training in photography and will be able to make and finish salable pictures.

To the practical worker in photography the immense value of these difficulties, in convenient ready reference form, will be at once apparent. They cover the troubles of thousands of workers, instead of the experience of only a few photographers, as is usually the case in most handbooks.