Third View, Second Sights: A Rephotographic Survey of the American West

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"Third Views, Second Sights is an end-of-the-century geographical exploration patterned after the first surveys of the nineteenth century updated with new techniques and sensibilities. The project presents photographs of historic American Western sites in light of the dynamic nature of and changes to the landscape witnessed since the nineteenth century when the great expeditionary photographers - William Henry Jackson, T. H. O'Sullivan, and William Bell - first photographed for the geological and geographical surveys that became the benchmarks ...
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Overview

"Third Views, Second Sights is an end-of-the-century geographical exploration patterned after the first surveys of the nineteenth century updated with new techniques and sensibilities. The project presents photographs of historic American Western sites in light of the dynamic nature of and changes to the landscape witnessed since the nineteenth century when the great expeditionary photographers - William Henry Jackson, T. H. O'Sullivan, and William Bell - first photographed for the geological and geographical surveys that became the benchmarks for change and continuity as well as for ways of seeing and representation." "The Rephotographic Survey Project revisited and rephotographed these nineteenth-century sites during the late 1970s, resulting in the monumental Second View, presenting 120 pairs of images. Two decades later, Mark Kiett and a new survey team have rephotographed 110 sites, assembling the first-view icons of early American photography with second views that explored how these nineteenth-century images were made while documenting a century of change and third views that further record a changing landscape in light of a new generation's visual sensibilities." The book includes forty-three sights, field notes that provide a chronological account of Third View work during three field seasons, and an interactive DVD featuring all 110 sites rephotographed for the project.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780890134320
  • Publisher: Museum of New Mexico Press
  • Publication date: 9/15/2004
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 12.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2005

    Documenting the March of Time

    This is one of those rare collections of photographs that makes visual the question 'Remember when...?'. Photographer/historian Mark Klett has produced a second book that addresses locations in the western United States initially photographed in the 19th century by such important photographers as William Bell, William Henry Jackson, and T. H. O'Sullivan. His first book 'Second View: The Rephotographic Survey Project' (a project supported by the University of New Mexico) was published in the 1970's and paired contemporary photographs of sites in the Western US with photographs by the above mentioned photographers. Now he and his fellow photographers - Kyle Bajakian, William L. Fox, Michael Marshall, Toshi Ueshina, and Byron G. Wolfe - have again photographed the same sites (hence the title) and the resultant photographs are stunning.In this volume the three time periods of the three photographs in these 43 sets of 110 sites not only document physical and environmental changes: they speak loudly about man's intervention with nature and as such this book is on hallowed ground. Not only for the beauty of the design and photographic content should this book be widely read and collected, but also it should remind us of the sanctity of the planet on which we live. Highly recommended. Grady Harp

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