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Photographers, writers, and the American scene : visions of passage
Enyeart, James.
First edition.
Publication Information:
Santa Fe, N.M. : Arena ; Berkeley, CA : Distributed by Publishers Group West, 2002.
Physical Description:
339 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 x 25 cm
General Note:
"Printed and bound in Singapore by CS Graphics" -- Colophon.

Book to accompany a traveling exhibition that "reproduces images and writings by fifty of America's leading photographers and writers" produced over the period 1995-2000. The exhibition, which travels through the year 2006, is funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Harold and Esther Edgerton Family Foundation, the Burnett Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts, and is consponsored and circulated by the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego. -- Dust jacket.
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E169.02 .P65 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Featuring a multi-faceted collection of images and words, this book is a lavishly produced companion to a major traveling exhibition documenting America just before the 21st century. 162 photos, 80 in color.

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Library Journal Review

Surveys occupy a prominent position in photography, and this catalog, for an exhibition cosponsored by the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, locates itself squarely beside earlier surveys of America and the American spirit. The result of a five-year project called the National Millennium Survey, the book and exhibition seek the "social texture of Americans at the beginning of the 21st century," gathering the work of 35 photographers (e.g., Lee Friedlander, Tina Barney, and Victor Masayesva) and 15 writers (e.g., Jorie Graham, Martin Espada, and Denis Johnson). Much of the photographic work is in color, and the juxtapositions can be devastating: Gus Foster's pastorals, for example, are next to John Pfahl's tire graveyards and reclamation sites. Though the project lasted from 1995 to 2000, many of the subjects represented are not exclusive to the new millennium, and, with some exceptions, the aesthetic approach shown here was developed as far back as the 1960s. Included among these works are documentary series, visual essays, installations, and individual images, as well as poems, narratives, and essays. Though at first the writings do not seem integrated with the images, gradually the impressions mellow and merge beautifully. The exhibition will be on tour through 2006. For public and special libraries collecting works on American culture and photography. Michael Dashkin, PricewaterhouseCoopers, New York (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.