Shadows on Glass: The Indian Photographs of Ben Wittick

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For over 25 years, from 1878 until his death in 1903, Ben Wittick photographed the Indian world of the Southwest. Shadows on Glass brings together for the first time over 200 of Wittick's most essential images accompanied by an extraordinarily insightful and graceful text by Patricia Janis Broder, well known for her writings and lectures on the American West. Shadows on Glass documents the closing days of the Southwest frontier, a time of irrevocable change for the Indian peoples that Wittick visited: Hualapai ...

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For over 25 years, from 1878 until his death in 1903, Ben Wittick photographed the Indian world of the Southwest. Shadows on Glass brings together for the first time over 200 of Wittick's most essential images accompanied by an extraordinarily insightful and graceful text by Patricia Janis Broder, well known for her writings and lectures on the American West. Shadows on Glass documents the closing days of the Southwest frontier, a time of irrevocable change for the Indian peoples that Wittick visited: Hualapai and Havasupai; Mohave and Yuma; Apache; Navajo; Pueblos of Acoma, Laguna, and Isleta; Zuni; and Hopi. Wittick's photographs, divided into field studies and posed portraits, capture the historical, cultural, and psychological realities of this transitional era. Although the field studies focus on daily life in the Indian world, the portraits offer greater insight into the fundamental truths of Indian life in the Southwest. The photographs-relying heavily on costumes, artifacts, painted backdrops, and foreground props-document an incredible confusion over cultural identity.

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The Tulsa Tribune
...a good choice for readers interested in historic photography, the Southwest or Indian culture....visually beautiful...
Booklist
Broder's blunt commentary places the photographs in context, making this an important addition to native American collections.
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Broder raises this book above the level of a coffee-table collection of 200 photographs to a scholarly examination of the man and his work....The quality of reproductions in this book is excellent, as is Broder's text.
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Broder raises this book above the level of a coffee-table collection of 200 photographs to a scholarly examination of the man and his work....The quality of reproductions in this book is excellent, as is Broder's text.
Booknews
For over 25 years, from 1878 until his death in 1903, Ben Wittick photographed the Indian world of the Southwest. Shadows on glass brings together for the first time over 200 of his images, capturing a time of cultural confusion and change. A refreshing addition to the very familiar (over-used) photos of Curtis, O'Sullivan, Vroman. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847676316
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/1990
  • Edition number: 160
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Patricia Broder has lectured and written widely on the American West and American Indian art. Her many books include Bronzes of the American West, The American West: The Modern Vision, and Great Paintings of the Old American West.

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