Symbols of Ideal Life: Social Documentary Photography in America 1890-1950
by Maren Stange
Publisher's Description
Stange, curator of the exhibition Official Images: New Deal Photography at the Smithsonian Institution, proposes here that throughout the 20th century documentary photography has been the tool of a centralized bureaucracy of technocratic government and business. "Symbols of Ideal Life digs beneath the surface to disclose the network of institutional demands, political ideas, and social motives in the pictures of Jacob Riis, Lewis Hine, and the FSA photographers. A work of criticism as well as history, the book offers important new readings of pictures along with new insights into the ideas and practices of social reform and liberalism. This is an outstanding example of the marriage of aesthetic and political criticism high on the new agenda of American Studies."--Alan Trachtenberg.
ISBN: 0521324416
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Hardcover : 208 pages
Language: English
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