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The insatiable demand for photographic images in the early decades of the 20th century led the news wire agencies to create a comprehensive record of American life. Among the 300 photographs included in these pages are pictures of major events such as the crash of the Hindenburg, the Scopes trial and Charles Lindbergh after his trans-Atlantic flight. It is not however just a chronology of world events or a collection of iconographic images. Equally interesting to the contemporary reader will be the photographs created on "off" or slow-news days, that reveal the intricacies and idiosyncrasies of daily life. Ultimately, the book will examine the dynamic process of how the cultural climate both shaped and was in turn shaped by these images, and how they continue to do so a century after their creation.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780810946422
ISBN-10: 0810946424
Format: Hardback
(248mm x 279mm x 29mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
Publisher: Abrams
Publish Date: 3-Sep-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - W Hannigan

William Hannigan is currently Vice President of Corbis's celebrity portraiture division, Corbis Outline. Cofounder of one30one, an agency dedicated to helping photographers create fine illustrated books, Hannigan also edited and wrote New York Noir: Crime Photos from the Daily News Archive. Ken Johnston began his career with historical images in 1985 as an employee of the Bettmann Archive. His work at Corbis includes finalizing the implementation of the Corbis Sub Zero Film Preservation Facility in Pennsylvania, designed to ensure the long-term survival of the Corbis collection.