American Photographs The First Century
Author: Merry Foresta
Publisher/Date: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press (c. 1996) Published on the occasion of the exhibition.
Format/Condition: New paperback book with French flaps in Fine condition. 172 pages, bibliography. Dimensions: Profusely illustrated in sepia-tones, duo-tones and some cyanotypes (blue tone).
Description: In the nineteenth century, people from all walks of life embraced the new medium of photography with unparalleled enthusiasm. All of their aspirations and commonplace interests converge in the picture of nineteenth-century America vividly brought to life in "American Photographs: The First Century."
This exhibition catalogue presents a wide-ranging selection of photographs, including Civil War images by George Barnard and the Mathew Brady Studio, spectacular western landscapes by Timothy O'Sullivan and William Henry Jackson, as well as Pictorialist scenes by Clarence White and Gertrude Kasebier. A deliberate effort has been made to mix familiar and lesser-known photographers, styles of work, and a variety of processes in order to explore ideas about the influence of photographic culture in America during the years from 1839 to 1939. More than two-thirds of these works are reproduced for the first time in this volume.