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Adirondack vernacular : the photography of Henry M. Beach
Bogdan, Robert.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Syracuse, N.Y. : Syracuse University Press, 2003.
Physical Description:
xvii, 196 pages, 4 unnumbered folded leaves of plates : illustrations, map ; 23 x 29 cm
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F127.A2 B637 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Robert Bogdan's lively and accessible approach to the photographic work of Henry M. Beach encourages the reader of this text to explore the American North Country's people and places through Beach's photographs and work.

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Beach (1863-1943) was a commercial photographer working in rural northern New York in the area known today as Adirondack Park. He specialized in postcard views and panoramas documenting the scenery, camps, hotels, and logging endeavors of the area during the first two decades of the 20th century. The pictures are unselfconscious expressions of vernacular imagery, frequently with a descriptive caption written across the face of the print. This is the first book devoted to Beach's work, and it shows more than 250 examples of his pictures, including some splendid panoramas in foldout reproduction. Bogdan (sociology and culture, Syracuse Univ.) offers information about Beach but, more importantly, insights into the social life, wilderness culture, physical environment, and commercial significance of this area of the North Country during these years. The reproductions adequately represent the original, but more should not be made of the images than what they are. The strength of both Beach's work and Bogdan's book lies in what might be called the "truth to scene" aspect of photographic approach and the concomitant meaning these pictures have for us today. A well-conceived publication. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. General readers; lower-division undergraduates through faculty. P. C. Bunnell emeritus, Princeton University