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Title:
Picturing the century : one hundred years of photography from the National Archives
Author:
Bustard, Bruce I., 1954-
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Publication Information:
Washington, DC : National Archives and Records Administration in association with the University of Washington Press, Seattle, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
vii, 136 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
General Note:
Catalog of an exhibition held at the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, DC from March 1999 to Jan. 2001.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780295977720
Format :
Book

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Summary

Escorting a millennium exhibit being held at the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, DC, March 1999- January 2001, this catalog of 163 photos (22 in color) showcases the portfolios of Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, and others represented in NARA's holdings who captured the cent


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Booklist Review

Throughout the twentieth century, cameras have snapped incessantly, making a fine art out of a mechanical-chemical process and preserving information for historiography, mapmaking, patent protection, spying, etc. Governments have financed much of this activity, none more than the U.S. government. After 32 pages accounting for the projects that produced the most lastingly interesting photos, Bustard presents 163 images, dating from 1900 to 1994, in chapters covering the early century, World War I and the 1920s, the Depression, World War II, the postwar period to the Vietnam War, and from Vietnam to the 1990s. Original caption, photographer's credit, date, and federal agency credit are given for each photo. Many first-rate photographers have done government work, and brief portfolios draw attention to six, among them the famous Lewis Hine, Ansel Adams, and Dorothea Lange. A few extremely well known images appear, but history, not iconography, is the purpose here. Still, these images so powerfully convey twentieth-century American experience that many more will surely become icons, thanks, in part, to this book and the Washington, D.C., exhibition, running through January 2001, that it accompanies. Editor Stepan's collection is concerned with iconography, with presenting images that typify their creators' work rather than illustrate a subject, personality, or concept--though, of course, as photographs, they do illustrate, too. Each two-page spread contains a biographical-aesthetic annotation on the left page and a full-page reproduction on the right (a second photo by the particular artist often appears, small-scale, on the left page). Presentation is chronological by the dates of the larger reproductions. The book is full of famous pictures, such as Lange's "Migrant Mother" and Avedon's "Generals of the Daughters of the American Revolution." There are plenty of Americans, but the selection is international, and Kertesz, Rodchenko, Moholy-Nagy, Modoti, etc., are here, too. A wonderful selection, and Stepan hints that other volumes covering the great photographers this one couldn't accommodate are in the works. --Ray Olson


Choice Review

This catalog, based on a 1999 exhibition organized by the National Archives and Records Administration, presents 157 photographs from NARA's collections. As a body, the expertly selected photographs document key events in 20th-century American society. Individually, each photograph, as the author notes, represents a "cultural text" warranting appreciation and examination. The book is organized according to broad themes, such as "The Great Depression and the New Deal" and is prefaced by an informative historical essay by Bustard, NARA exhibits curator. For each thematic area, the photographs of prominent government photographers are separately featured among the works of those who are lesser known. Represented among the pictures are the works of Lewis Hine, Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, and Yoichi Okamoto. About a dozen photographs are in color, among them a 1963 photo captioned, "President John F. Kennedy with his son, John, Jr., on the beach at Newport, Rhode Island." In an exceptional manner, this book concisely captures the history of modern America while simultaneously showcasing the accomplishments of its most eminent 20th-century photographers. Recommended for most library collections. All levels. E. H. Teague; University of Florida


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