At First Sight

At First Sight


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At First Sight by Merry A. Foresta, Jeana K. Foley

The Smithsonian holds more than 13 million images spanning over 150 years of taking and collecting photographs. This largely unknown body of photography (most never before published) represents nothing less than the Smithsonian's effort, in the name of all Americans, to describe and comprehend the world. Open anywhere in these pages to be plunged into the history of our modernity, and see what the Smithsonian deemed important to document and preserve. The famous, the infamous, and the never-before-seen are here in a remarkable “democracy of images”: Amelia Earhart, Abraham Lincoln, P.T. Barnum and Tom Thumb, John Brown, Frederick Douglass, Lucille Ball, Greta Garbo, Babe Ruth; the earliest views of the moon and the earliest panoramic view of Damascus; rare Native American photography; views of Asia, Africa, and the American West; photographs of early flight, and much, much more. By recording the act of seeing, and of what was seen, both photography and the Smithsonian have shaped our sense of ourselves, as individuals, as a people, and as a country.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781588341808
Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press
Publication date: 10/15/2004
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 8.56(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.87(d)

About the Author

Merry A. Foresta is senior curator of photography at the Smithsonian Institution and author of Perpetual Motif: The Photography of Man Ray.

Table of Contents

IA New World29
IIProofs Positive79
IIIA Democracy of Images145
IVSeeing as Believing211
Illustration Credits284

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fisch4angie More than 1 year ago
If you love photography, or even if you don't, this book has an amazing collection of photos that you may or may not have ever seen. They are such a rare collection of shots that will inspire the amature or the professional as far as composition, and taking into thought when photographing anything - that you really are telling a story. These photos are timeless and truly are a treasure for anyone to enjoy. Great for the coffee table and/or for a gift.