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Hardcover The Magic of Light: The Craft and Career of Jean Rosenthal, Pioneer in Lighting for the Modern Stage Book

ISBN: 0316931209

ISBN13: 9780316931205

The Magic of Light: The Craft and Career of Jean Rosenthal, Pioneer in Lighting for the Modern Stage

This description may be from another edition of this product. Magic of Light, The: The Craft and Career of Jean Rosenthal, Pion by Rosenthal, Jean and Lael Wertenbaker. 4to. 1st ed.


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It wasn't until I first read this book that I truly understood the purpose of light on the stage. As Jean stated at the beginning of the book, she was a pioneer of lighting design. Her book is not about gadgetry, even though she does list some aspects, it is about lighting as an art form, lighting as a business, and lighting as a career. I still use this book as an inspiration whenever I become complacent or dismayed in the industry, and it helps me remember the overall picture of which lighting is only a part. Every lighting designer should read this book at some point early in their career, and then come back to it often.

The only textbook I kept

I was a technical theatre student in the mid-80s, and this is the only book which I've kept from the many we had to buy. While it doesn't include all the modern technical gadgets available, it is a wonderfully readable and entertaining discussion on the art of lighting theatre, dance and opera. Jean Rosenthal was a pioneer in stage lighting, moving designers away from making sure the stage wasn't dark to illuminating the plot, characters and theme. This book is hard to find now, which is a pity. It would do many designers well to read it with care. We've gone from "light to see" to Jean's art to "showing off our gadgetry".
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