The Changing Face of America

The Changing Face of America

by Peter C. Jones
     
 

From the Great Boston Fire to the Grand Canyon, from the building of the Brooklyn Bridge to downtown Las Vegas, The Changing Face of America tells the story of how the American landscape has evolved, as seen through the eyes of the country's greatest photographers. Among those whose work is included are William Clift, Carlton Watkins, Edward Weston, Walker Evans,… See more details below

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From the Great Boston Fire to the Grand Canyon, from the building of the Brooklyn Bridge to downtown Las Vegas, The Changing Face of America tells the story of how the American landscape has evolved, as seen through the eyes of the country's greatest photographers. Among those whose work is included are William Clift, Carlton Watkins, Edward Weston, Walker Evans, Margaret Bourke-White, and Alfred Stieglitz. Here are: Carlton Watkin's unique wooden dam from 1871, Dorothea Lange's depression-era vision of the road west; Frank Gohlke's electric lightning flash; Samuel Gottscho's smoky view of Manhattan; David Plowden's sinister nuclear plant; Emmet Gowin's devastated Mt. St. Helens; Edward Weston's dryly humorous hot coffee in the Mojave Desert; and Timothy O'Sullivan's poignant view of the ancient ruins at Canyon de Chelle. Rarely seen masterpieces are interspersed with some of the most famous pictures of the American landscape. Together they provide a new perspective on how our open spaces, natural wonders, rivers, highways, farms, shorelines, industrial plants, suburbs, and cities have changed over the years. Here, too, are provocative juxtapositions of the same scenes in the past and present, such as Eadweard Muybridge's 1876 panorama of San Francisco and Mark Klett's panorama shot from the same location 114 years later. What emerges is a remarkable visual - and critical - history of America.

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Library Journal - Library Journal
The evolution of the American landscape is documented here by well-known photographers, including Carleton Watkins, Edward Weston, Robert Adams, Margaret Bourke-White, Walker Evans, and some less familiar names. Chapters organize images into landscape topics--natural wonders, open space, farms, sprawl, and highways and byways--and some juxtaposed images (such as two panoramic views of San Francisco) show ``then-and-now'' views, with a hundred years of ``progress'' in between. Captions provide information on photographer, date, and the source of each image. Though Jones's brief, journalistic chapter essays are openly biased against development, the images make a far more eloquent case for environmental protection than does the prose. Ironically, some of the most hauntingly beautiful images are of industrial landscapes. This is a competent anthology of well-reproduced photos that addresses interests and issues beyond the subject of fine-art photography. For both general and specialized collections.-- Kathleen Collins, Great Barrington, Mass.

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ISBN-13:
9780130286307
Publisher:
Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference
Publication date:
02/01/1992
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
224

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