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Images of America: A Panorama of History in Photographs Anon

Images of America: A Panorama of History in Photographs - Anon

Washington: Smithsonian Books, 1989, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.

Includes: Black & white photographs; Colour photographs; Colour frontispiece;

From the cover: “For a century and a half, the camera’s candid eye has captured this nation on the move — exploring the West, enduring the trauma of the Civil War, encountering the Industrial Revolution, and emerging as a world power. Relive this momentous era — times both tough and tender-hearted — through a selection of more than three hundred stunning images, most of them discovered in Smithsonian collections, exhibits, and curatorial files.

The Smithsonian Institution’s entire photo resource, more than eight million images, affords the reader an incredibly wide-ranging panorama of the American experience through rarely published black-and-white pictures. The fresh point of view in Images of America brings a new and powerful meaning to eighteenth-century patriot John Adams’s American dream: he studied war so that his sons could study business, so that their sons, in turn, could study art.

See the new America emerge through the eyes, the expressions, of the men, women, and children who made it all happen: the pioneers, gold miners, outlaws, slaves, tycoons and day labourers, Indians in peace and at war, immigrants, gypsies, writers and artists, soldiers, politicians, and just plain folks. Explore six generations of American life through the breakthrough development of photography. The book Images documents the new era, from telescope-maker Henry Fitz, Jr., who used Daguerre’s then-revolutionary process of 1839 to create an image of his face — one of the earliest American photo portraits — to 1989. Then, for the first time, an electronic colour still camera, using a digital floppy disk instead of film, caught the image of a presidential inauguration — that of George Bush. The year marked the presidency’s bicentennial and photography’s sesquicentennial. Had the daguerreotype reached America just fifty years earlier, we might now have a photo of George Washington’s inauguration.

With its vast resources, the Smithsonian is uniquely qualified to reveal the colourful stories, the photographic nuances, and the historical context that makes Images of America such an eye-opener. Insightful essays by 14 distinguished writers, historians, and curators illuminate the images. In the final chapter, a Smithsonian photo expert suggests steps to help conserve family negatives, prints, and albums, so that readers can preserve their own family histories. From immigrant to native, city dweller to farmer, rich to poor, Images of America offers a fresh, sometimes startling, and often humorous chronicle of the American heritage — and a glimpse into who we, as Americans, really are.”

Size: 11" x 9¼". Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 255 pages.
Images of America: A Panorama of History in Photographs Anon