Stopping Time: A Rephotographic Survey of Lake Tahoe

Stopping Time: A Rephotographic Survey of Lake Tahoe

by Peter Goin, C. Elizabeth Raymond, Robert E. Blesse
     
 

Starting with a variety of nineteenth-century photographs, the authors have provided over fifty comparative photographs representing a visual document of the evolving landscape within the Tahoe basin. Lake Tahoe attracted tourists in droves in the late nineteenth century, but the logging industry wrought extensive damage to the land.

Stopping Time

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Starting with a variety of nineteenth-century photographs, the authors have provided over fifty comparative photographs representing a visual document of the evolving landscape within the Tahoe basin. Lake Tahoe attracted tourists in droves in the late nineteenth century, but the logging industry wrought extensive damage to the land.

Stopping Time confronts issues that have come to the fore in the late twentieth century—how we use the land, how we perceive the landscape, and what our perceptions mean for the future. The notion of an "ideal landscape" is explored in Elizabeth Raymond's informative essay, and how that notion itself has evolved since the nineteenth century.

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Booknews
A brilliant idea, beautifully executed--51 pairs of photographs that provide comparative views documenting landscape change in Lake Tahoe, Donner Lake, and Truckee, California between the 1870s and the 1950s, and revealing the evolving relationship between landscape and human society over time. Includes an essay by C. Elizabeth Raymond. 10.5 x 11 Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Gretchen Garner
The jacket blurb rather exaggerates in claiming this book is "essential to anyone concerned with the visual record of the American continent." A scholarly approach to the history of a gorgeous (and famous) alpine lake, it will interest primarily Californians and Nevadans yet offers some food for general thought. Lake Tahoe's history represents in microcosm the situation of several U.S. scenic areas: industrial rape in the nineteenth century followed by the development of tourism, culminating in a current delicate standoff between environmental preservationists and commercial interests. C. Elizabeth Raymond's accompanying essay well details this history without polemicizing. Goin's "rephotographs" are attempts to shoot from the same points of view as those in historic photos assembled from several sources. Changes visible in the resulting pairs of new and old pictures include forest growth, disappearance of railroad tracks, steady encroachment by cars and paved roads, and hundreds of changes in buildings.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826312846
Publisher:
University of New Mexico Press
Publication date:
03/28/1992
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
144

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