Images of the West
Survey Photography in French Collections, 1860-1880
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Images of the West by Francois Brunet
Book DescriptionAs American settlement expanded westward in the 1860s, the U.S. government undertook large-scale investigations of its new territories. "Images of the West: Survey Photography in French Collections, 1860-1880" presents memorable glass-plate photographs from these federal surveys. The selection includes breathtaking views of such iconic sites as yosemite, as well as lesser-known ethnographic portraits taken by Timothy H. O'Sullivan, William H. Jackson, and William Bell, among others. The accompanying essays discuss how the photographs were used to promote white settlement, how their distribution at home and abroad contributed to the aggrandizement of the American West, and how the exploitative ideology underlying the use of photography extended to attitudes toward both American landscapes and American Indians. The images are all drawn from French public collections, which hold an astonishing number of these U.S. survey photographs. Accompanying an exhibition at the Musee d'Art Americain Giverny, "Images of the West" provides a critical new examination of a bygone era.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780932171542
(292mm x 238mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Terra Foundation for the Arts,U.S.
Publisher: Terra Foundation for the Arts,U.S.
Publish Date: 14-Sep-2007
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Francois Brunet
Photography and Literature, Paperback (June 2009)» View all books by Francois Brunet
Examines photography's encounters with literature from the point of view of photography, providing a new way of understanding its interplay with literature and the printed page. The author begins by showing how photography's invention and its publication were shaped by written culture, both scientific and literary.
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Author Biography - Francois Brunet
Francois Brunet is professor at the Universite Paris-VII. He focuses on the history of photography and images of the United States as well as on American literature and culture of the nineteenth century. Bronwyn Griffith, formerly associate curator at the Musee d'Art Americain Giverny, is an independent art historian specializing in American photography of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
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