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A Staggering Revolution: A Cultural History of Thirties Photography
A Staggering Revolution: A Cultural History of Thirties Photography John Raeburn 0252073223 9780252073229 During the 1930s, the world of photography was unsettled, exciting, and boisterous. John Raeburns A Staggering Revolution recreates the energy o
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A Staggering Revolution: A Cultural History of Thirties Photography by John Raeburn

During the 1930s, the world of photography was unsettled, exciting, and boisterous. John Raeburns A Staggering Revolution recreates the energy of the era by surveying photographys rich variety of innovation, exploring the aesthetic and cultural achievements of its leading figures, and mapping the paths their pictures blazed into the publics imagination. While other studies of thirties photography have concentrated on the documentary work of the Farm Security Administration (FSA), no previous book has considered it alongside so many of the decades other important photographic projects. A Staggering Revolution includes individual chapters on Edward Steichens celebrity portraiture; Berenice Abbotts Changing New York project; the Photo Leagues ethnography of Harlem; and Edward Westons western landscapes, made under the auspices of the first Guggenheim Fellowship awarded to a photographer. It also examines Margaret Bourke-Whites industrial and documentary pictures, the collective undertakings by Californias Group f.64, and the fashion magazine specialists, as well as the activities of the FSA and the Photo League. Raeburns expansive study explains how the democratic atmosphere of thirties photography nourished innovation and encouraged new heights of artistic achievement. It also produced the circumstances that permitted artful photography to become such a thriving public enterprise during the decade. A Staggering Revolution offers an illuminating analysis of the sociology of photographys art world and its galleries and exhibitions, but also demonstrates the importance of the novel venues created by impresarios and others that proved essential to photographys extraordinarydissemination. These new channels, including camera magazines and annuals, volumes of pictures enhanced by text, and omnibus exhibitions in unconventional spaces, greatly expanded photographys cultural visibility. They also made its enthusiastic audience larger and more heterogeneous than ever before--or since.

Author: John Raeburn

Language: English

Edition: 1

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 370

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

Publication Date: 2006-05-22

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