David Plowden: Vanishing Point: Fifty Years of Photography

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“No one has photographed America as has David Plowden. ... He is one of the great artists of our time.”—David McCullough
This beautiful volume is both a tribute to and a celebration of the photographer who, more than anyone else, has given us a visual record of our mark on the land over the last half-century. David Plowden’s beautiful black-and-white images reveal his great respect for man’s ingenuity and honest work, documenting a disappearing landscape of industry, small towns, wonderful devices, and noble ...

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Overview

“No one has photographed America as has David Plowden. ... He is one of the great artists of our time.”—David McCullough
This beautiful volume is both a tribute to and a celebration of the photographer who, more than anyone else, has given us a visual record of our mark on the land over the last half-century. David Plowden’s beautiful black-and-white images reveal his great respect for man’s ingenuity and honest work, documenting a disappearing landscape of industry, small towns, wonderful devices, and noble structures. David McCullough writes, “Plowden has produced some of the most powerful photographs we have of man-made America. He is propelled, driven, by a sense of time running out and the feeling that he must not just make a record, but confer a kind of immortality on certain aspects of American civilization before they vanish.” As Walker Evans gave us the first half of the twentieth century, David Plowden has given us the second. David Plowden: Vanishing Point represents the best of this magnificent body of work.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

Published on the occasion of Plowden's (Bridges: The Spans of North America) 75th birthday, this epic, large-format book chronicles the American photographer's finest work over a 50-year career that has included some 20 books and numerous exhibits. Richard Snow, author and former editor of American Heritagemagazine, contributes a brief yet insightful foreword, while award-winning journalist Steve Edwards pens a fascinating biographical introduction. Along with a chronology of his life, Plowden has also included "Photographer's Notes" that recount key personal experiences. The book's greatest strength are the sumptuously reproduced plates of Plowden's detailed, carefully composed black-and-white photographs. The images are technically exquisite, yet they also blend documentary elements with sensitive, almost poetic touches that elevate them into works of art. The breadth, depth, and sheer abundance of Plowden's work over the years are just amazing. Destined to be a classic, this is one of the finest photography books to come along in quite a while. Highly recommended for all libraries, especially photography and fine art collections.
—Raymond Bial

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393062540
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/9/2007
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 1,036,841
  • Product dimensions: 12.70 (w) x 11.40 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

David Plowden is the author of more than twenty photography books, including Bridges: The Spans of North America, Vanishing Point: Fifty Years of Photography, and Requiem for Steam. He lives in Winnetka, Illinois.

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