East of the Mississippi: Nineteeth Century American Landscape Photography

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Exploring crucial but neglected geographies, practitioners, and themes, this volume is an important reconsideration of landscape photography in nineteenth-century America. Although images of the West have dominated our perception of this genre, many photographers were working in the eastern half of the United States, and their pictures, with the exception of Civil War images, have received relatively scant attention as a distinctive phenomenon. Redressing this imbalance is East of the Mississippi, the first book to focus exclusively on the arresting eastern photographs that helped shape America’s national identity. Celebrating national wonders such as Niagara Falls and the White Mountains as well as capturing a cultural landscape fundamentally altered by industrialization, these works also documented the impact of war, promoted tourism, and played a role in an emerging environmentalism.

Showcasing an extraordinary selection of some 175 photographs in a rich variety of media and formats – from the earliest known landscape daguerreotypes taken in the United States in 1839 and 1840 to prints made at the close of the nineteenth century – this 276-page volume traces the evolution of eastern landscape photography through a range of themes, and introduces the artists who explored this subject. Examining the dynamic ties with other media – for instance, between painters and photographers such as the Bierstadt and Moran brothers – essays also situate eastern landscape photographs more broadly in the visual culture of the period and consider how the motivating forces behind these works yielded innovative, distinctly American landscape pictures.

East of the Mississippi: Nineteenth Century American Landscape Photography was featured from October 6, 2017-January 7, 2018.


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Weight 4.2 lbs
Dimensions 9.75 × 11.75 × 1.25 in