Reading American Photographs: Images As History from Matthew Brady to Walker Evans

Reading American Photographs: Images As History from Matthew Brady to Walker Evans

by Alan Trachtenberg

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Reading American Photographs: Images As History from Matthew Brady to Walker Evans by Alan Trachtenberg

Winner of the Charles C. Eldredge Prize

In this book, Alan Trachtenberg reinterprets some of America's most significant photographs, presenting them not as static images but rather as rich cultural texts suffused with meaning and historical content. Reading American Photographs is lavishly illustrated with the work of such luminaries as Mathew Brady, Timothy O'Sullivan, and Walker Evans--pictures that document the American experience from 1839 to 1938. In an outstanding analysis, Trachtenberg eloquently articulates how the art of photography has both followed and shaped the course of American history, and how images captured decades ago provocatively illuminate the present.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780374522490
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 11/28/1990
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 703,004
Product dimensions: 6.19(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.89(d)

About the Author

Alan Trachtenberg, Neil Gray, Jr., Professor of English and American Studies at Yale University, is the author of The Incorporation of America: Culture and Society in the Gilded Age.

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