Old Fields: Photography, Glamour, and Fantasy Landscape

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Editorial Reviews

Jack Williams

Old Fields is an evocative metaphor for now-forgotten pasts and for rediscovered histories in hidden corners of our literature and landscapes. A fascinating and highly original study.

Library Journal
Landscape historian Stilgoe (visual & environmental studies, Harvard Univ.; Train Time: Railroads and the Imminent Reshaping of the United States Landscape) here presents an academically in-depth but uniquely personal view of the history of photography as it pertains to the genres of landscape and "glamour." This eclectic but fascinating volume masterfully draws from such seemingly disparate sources as women's magazines, American Southern gothic landscape photography, fantasy literature, and the technical implications of the medium-format camera. Stilgoe's passion for photography emerges on every page—along with anecdotes, memories, and detailed footnotes. Although the book is short on illustrations, Stilgoe's writing is precise, thorough, and interesting. With encyclopedic accuracy, the author references specific artists and images and supplies a hefty bibliography. Drawing on both experience and extensive archival sources, Stilgoe evaluates and theorizes on the significance of the idea of glamour in the context of landscape. His hope is that ideal beauty and natural simplicity still exist, regardless of the massive paradigm shifts within photography. VERDICT A quality work for scholars of photo history and those interested in the changing landscape of rural America.—Shauna Frischkorn, Millersville Univ., PA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813935157
  • Publisher: University of Virginia Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2014
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 832,056
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.40 (d)

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