This volume brings together 200 previously unpublished images (28 in full colour) as it examines the earliest photographic process and its effect on the way we view ourselves. For this collection, John Wood selected active images of ordinary Americans living and working: at weddings, river baptisms, band concerts, and political meetings, on farms and in factories. In the eight essays that accompany the images, leading art, photographic, and social historians provide diverse and perceptive readings of the role the daguerreotype played in shaping America's self-image. Editor John Wood addresses the American portrait, David Stannard writes on sex and death in the daguerreotype, Peter Palmquist reviews the role of daguerreotypes in the settlement of the American West, John Stilgoe discusses landscape and daguerreotypes, Dolores Kilgo offers an alternative aesthetic to daguerreotypes, John Graf focuses on the militia as a social institution depicted visually in nineteenth-century America, Brooks Johnson deals with daguerreian images of Americans at work, and Jeanne Verhulst reveals how modern-day artists have revived the daguerreotype.
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John Wood had edited several books on photographic history, including most recently The Art of the Autochrome (Iowa, 1995) and The Photographic Arts (Iowa, 1996). He is professor of English and director of the creative writing program at McNeese State University. His poetry collection The Gates of the Elect Kingdom was awarded the 1997 Iowa Poetry Prize.From Library Journal:
As a companion volume to the award-winning The Daguerreotype: A Sesquicentennial Celebration (Univ. of Iowa Pr., 1989), Wood has now edited America and the Daguerreotype . Where the former concentrated on the artistic merits of the silver plate process, the latter explores these jewels of imagery as social and historical documents. Stellar contributors have produced essays, which range from "Sex, Death, and Daguerreotypes" to "The Progress of Civilization: The American Occupational Daguerreotype." A final essay looks at contemporary photographers using the technique. The plates and accompanying notes are well worth the cover price. Collectors, historians, and photo buffs will want their own copies of what is likely to be one of the best photo books of the year. This and the first volume provide a fascinating account of the last 130 years of American cultural history. For most library collections.
- Kathy J. Anderson, Onondaga Cty. P.L., Syracuse, N.Y.
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Book Description Univ of Iowa Pr, 1991. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110877453349
Book Description Univ of Iowa Pr, 1991. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0877453349
Book Description U of Iowa, Iowa, 1991. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. Various Artist (illustrator). First Edition.. 1st.ed.1991 Hardcover with DUST JACKET as first issued , 287 pages with 28 color ,72 duotones and 109 halftone photographs.One of the finests books on Daguerreian photographic art ever printed. This book is now out of print in the Hardcover edition.This book is getting harder to find in this condition . We have the true first edition HARDCOVER .Condition : NEW / NEW. Size: 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Book. Bookseller Inventory # 042503-A