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Seaport : New York's vanished waterfront : photographs from the Edwin Levick Collection
Lopate, Phillip, 1943-
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Publication Information:
Washington [D.C.] : Smithsonian Books ; [Newport News, Va.] : In association with the Mariners' Museum, [2004]

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ix, 181 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 26 cm
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F128.5 .L84 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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A small cadre of commercial photographers documents the dynamic social, economic, and political forces in the heyday of New York's wharves, waterways, and waterfront markets, capturing for the ages the gritty and sometimes glamorous life of the docks and their environs.

Author Notes

Phillip Lopate is the author of three critically acclaimed essay collections, two novels, and many other works. He holds the Adams Chair at Hofstra University, where he is a professor of English
British emigre Edwin Levick (1869-1929) worked as a commercial photographer in New York for forty years, specializing in maritime photography. He is particularly well known for his magnificent images of America's Cup races during the 1930s

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Booklist Review

In a companion volume to his recent tour de force, Waterfront: A Journey around Manhattan BKL F 1 04, Lopate extends his revelatory study of New York City's once bustling, now neglected waterfront with a sparkling introduction to a sterling collection of maritime photographs, most taken by Edwin Levick, an Englishman who grew up in Suez, where the canal was his playground and ships were his fascination. He arrived in New York in 1900 and covered the city's waterfront until his death in 1929. Levick had a great eye and an intrepid approach, framing strongly patterned compositions from deck and shore, always on the lookout for what Lopate calls any anecdotal possibility. Here in sharply focused, thrillingly vibrant black-and-white photographs are sailors, upper-class passengers and exhausted immigrants, and dockworkers loading and unloading cargo--bananas, sulfur, lumber, cattle--as well as magnificent yachts, ferries, barges, luxury liners, fishing boats, and battleships. Here, in short, is an elegant visual record of the busiest port in the world in its heyday, feeding a robust and burgeoning metropolis. --Donna Seaman Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Here's the perfect companion volume to Phillip Lopate's Waterfront: A Journey Around Manhattan (Forecasts, Feb. 9). A pictorial celebration of New York's maritime heritage, the book reproduces more than 100 black-and-white photographs from the vast collection of vintage photos and negatives that the Frederick Lewis News Agency bequeathed to the Mariners' Museum in Newport News, Va., starting in 1955. Chief among the photographers represented in the collection was British emigre Edwin Levick, who with his assistants took pictures of many New York scenes in the early 1900s but seemed to have a special fondness for the waterfront. As Thomas Moore, the senior curator of photography at the Mariners' Museum, observes in his preface, "[Levick's] images capture the energy of a confident nation unflinchingly marching into a new and promising century." Not simply a distillation of Waterfront, Lopate's introductory essay, "The Port of New York in Its Heyday," pays ample tribute to Levick and the other photographers who recorded a now-vanished world a century ago. (Apr. 19) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Table of Contents

Thomas MoorePhillip Lopate
Prefacep. vii
The Port of New York in Its Heydayp. 1
Photographs from the Edwin Levick Collectionp. 38
Notes on the Photographsp. 175