At First Sight: Photography and the Smithsonian Merry A. Foresta

ISBN: 9781588341808

Published: October 17th 2004

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288 pages


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At First Sight: Photography and the Smithsonian  by  Merry A. Foresta

At First Sight: Photography and the Smithsonian by Merry A. Foresta
October 17th 2004 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 288 pages | ISBN: 9781588341808 | 9.74 Mb

The Smithsonian holds more than 13 million images spanning over 150 years of taking and collecting photographs. This largely unknown body of photography (most never before published) represents nothing less than the Smithsonians effort, in the nameMoreThe Smithsonian holds more than 13 million images spanning over 150 years of taking and collecting photographs. This largely unknown body of photography (most never before published) represents nothing less than the Smithsonians effort, in the name of all Americans, to describe and comprehend the world.

Open anywhere in these pages to be plunged into the history of our modernity, and see what the Smithsonian deemed important to document and preserve. The famous, the infamous, and the never-before-seen are here in a remarkable “democracy of images”: Amelia Earhart, Abraham Lincoln, P.T. Barnum and Tom Thumb, John Brown, Frederick Douglass, Lucille Ball, Greta Garbo, Babe Ruth- the earliest views of the moon and the earliest panoramic view of Damascus- rare Native American photography- views of Asia, Africa, and the American West- photographs of early flight, and much, much more.

By recording the act of seeing, and of what was seen, both photography and the Smithsonian have shaped our sense of ourselves, as individuals, as a people, and as a country.



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