Crossing the Frontier: Photographs of the Developing West, 1849 to the Present
by Richard Rodriguez
Publisher's Description
Crossing the Frontier is the first major monograph and exhibition to focus on the tradition of Western photography as an extension of exploration and development. The editors have arranged a very convincing collection of historic photographs from logging sties, railroad works, oil fields, young cities, and other images typically tabooed from the canon of beautiful western landscapes. They connect these early images to the contemporary landscape photographs of John Pfall, Joel Sternfeld, Frank Gohlke, Richard Misrach, Mark Klett, and Lewis Baltz, among others. The essays by Sandra Phillips, Richard Rodriguez, Aaron Betsky, and Eldridge Mooners provide a broad philosophical base for interpreting these works.
Amazon.com Review
The tradition of landscape photography is explored in this volume, published in conjunction with a traveling exhibit conceived and organized by art historian Sandra Phillips. The rapid advance of industrialization is documented, along with the ever-increasing human encroachment on the environment. The photography of land use--as depicted by the work of largely obscure journeymen--is of more weight in this study than the better known tradition of artistic landscape photography represented by Ansel Adams and Edward Weston. The most arresting images are those made by people who have been long forgotten, like George H. Johnson's daguerreotype of miners laboring on the American River near Sacramento, California.
ISBN: 0811814203
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Paperback : 180 pages
Language: English
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