Jack London, Photographer

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Jack London (1876–1916) remains one of the most widely read American writers, known for his naturalist fiction, socialist novels and essays, journalism, and the many adventures that he shared with the world. London was also an accomplished photographer, producing nearly twelve thousand photographs during his lifetime. Jack London, Photographer, the first book devoted to London’s photography, reveals a vital dimension of his artistry, barely known until now.

 

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Overview

Jack London (1876–1916) remains one of the most widely read American writers, known for his naturalist fiction, socialist novels and essays, journalism, and the many adventures that he shared with the world. London was also an accomplished photographer, producing nearly twelve thousand photographs during his lifetime. Jack London, Photographer, the first book devoted to London’s photography, reveals a vital dimension of his artistry, barely known until now.

 

London’s subjects included such peoples as the ragged homeless of London’s East End and the freezing refugees of the Russo-Japanese War, the latter photographed on assignment for the Hearst Syndicate. For Collier’s magazine, London wrote his eyewitness account of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire and returned two weeks later with his camera to document a city in ruins but slowly recovering. During his voyage aboard the Snark, London produced humane images of the South Seas islanders that contrasted dramatically with the period’s stereotypical portraits of indigenous peoples. In 1914 he documented the U.S. invasion of Veracruz during the Mexican Revolution. Although some of his images were used in newspaper and magazine stories and in his books The People of the Abyss and The Cruise of the Snark, the majority have remained unpublished until now.

 

The volume’s more than two hundred photographs were printed from the original negatives in the California State Parks collection and from the original photographs in albums at the Huntington Library. They are reproduced here as duotones from silver gelatin prints. The general and chapter introductions place London’s photographs in the context of his writings and his times.

 

London lived during the first true mass-media era, when the use of photographic images ushered in a new way of covering the news. With his discerning eye, London recorded historical moments through the faces and bodies of the people who lived them, creating memorable portraits of individuals whose cultural differences pale beside their common humanity.

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Library Journal
This book is an unanticipated landmark, for London's groundbreaking work as a photojournalist has remained hidden until now. These photos were made from long-forgotten negatives held by the California State Parks system, rediscovered during research for the 1906 San Francisco earthquake centenary. London was a prescient, timely genius; his work helped define the photojournalistic form, a new idea, now seen as the window into contemporary life. The book's visual bounty seems endless: London was the only American to document the Russo-Japanese battlefields in 1904; he recorded the 1906 San Francisco earthquake's aftermath; he chronicled the 1914 Mexican Revolution, shown here alongside heartbreaking shots of the dying South Pacific peoples he visited during a transoceanic voyage in 1907–08. London's seminal nonfiction work, The People of the Abyss, was accompanied by trailblazing imagery of the English underclass that readers can now see in expanded form. The images are paired with London's own vivid anecdotes, revealing his descriptive powers for a new generation. VERDICT Representing a major expansion and renewal of London's stature, this book will be of great appeal to a broad range of audiences interested in history, American literature, and photography.—Douglas F. Smith, Berkeley P.L., CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780820329673
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press
  • Publication date: 9/15/2010
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 528,218
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeanne Campbell Reesman is a professor of English at the University of Texas, San Antonio. She is the author or editor of numerous works on London, including Jack London’s Racial Lives: A Critical Biography. Sara S. Hodson is curator of literary manuscripts at the Huntington Library where she has administered the Jack London Papers for over thirty years. She is the co-editor, with Jeanne Reesman, of Jack London: One Hundred Years a Writer. Philip Adam has worked with museums and cultural institutions in California for thirty years to preserve historical photographic collections. His original photographs are in the permanent collections of the Bancroft Library, University of California at Berkeley; University of California at Davis, Special Collections; the California State Library in Sacramento; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

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Table of Contents

Preface A Photographer's Reflections on Jack London

Introduction. Jack London's "Human Documents"
Chapter 1. The People of the Abyss (1903)
Chapter 2. The Russo-Japanese War, 1904
Chapter 3. The San Francisco Earthquake, 1906
Chapter 4. The Cruise of the Snark (1907-1908)
Chapter 5. The Voyage of the Dirigo, 1912
Chapter 6. The Mexican Revolution, 1914

Technical Notes Notes Bibliography Photo Credits Index

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  • Posted June 14, 2011

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    Monumental Photographs from an American Legend of Literature

    Who knew? Well obviously some people did, because here in a splendid, large scale volume is the 'other aspect' of of legendary novelist Jack London (1876 - 1916): from the vaults of the Huntingon Library and the California State Parks Jeanne Reesman, Sara Hodson, and Philip Adam gathered these fascinating images, coupled them with some of London's writing that accompany the images, and added background information making this book an invaluable missing piece of art history mystery. The 200 some photographs have been 'restored' or reproduced by Philip Adam, an expert in historical photography, in duotones made from Adam's silver gelatin prints. As noted in the preface, 'the majority of the photographs were reproduced from original negatives and the others by copy negatives made from original photographs in London's photo albums at the Huntington Library, as well as collections of the California State Parks.'

    What this book contains then are many portraits of various figures from London's brief life (he died at age 40 of kidney failure), but even more interesting are the documentation of the jaunts he made to London, England where he sensitively photographed the poverty stricken homeless, the South Seas Islanders, the devastation that resulted from the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, scenes form the Mexican Revolution, and the victims of of the Russo-Japanese War. As a photojournalist the quality of his informed inspection of sites such as this may make him one of the founders of modern photojournalism.

    Though Jack London will always be remembered for his most famous books - The Call of the Wild, White Fang, The Sea-Wolf, The Iron Heel, and Martin Eden - there is adequate commentary in this collection ot address the side of London that caused him public problems: he was an active member of the Socialist Party of America and was a racist, speaking of the Asian immigrants as 'the yellow peril', has workers as 'inefficient Italian laborers', etc. Despite these shortcomings Jack London is an important figure of American history, and here for the first time are the images that are as fascinating as his rugged books. 'With his discerning eye, London recorded historical moments through the faces and bodies of the people who lived them, creating memorable portraits of individuals whose cultural differences pale beside their common humanity.'

    Grady Harp

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