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The origins of American photography : from daguerreotype to dry-plate, 1839-1885

Author: Keith F Davis; Jane Lee Aspinwall; Marc F Wilson; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
Publisher: Kansas City, Mo. : Hall Family Foundation : in association with the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art ; New Haven, Conn. ; London : Distributed by Yale University Press, [2007]
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"In this text, Keith F. Davis examines photography's social history and aesthetic development in an era of rapid national growth. He demonstrates how key themes and genres - including the business of daguerreian portraiture, the markets for Civil War images, and the art of Western landscape photography - reflected the concerns and values of nineteenth-century society. Photographers of this era expressed a new  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Exhibition catalogs
History
Exhibitions
Expositions
utställningskataloger
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Keith F Davis; Jane Lee Aspinwall; Marc F Wilson; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
ISBN: 9780300122862 0300122861
OCLC Number: 155680460
Notes: "Published to accompany the exhibition Developing greatness: the origins of American photography, 1839-1885; from daguerreotype to dry-plate at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, June 9-December 30, 2007"--Title page verso.
Description: 358 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 31 cm
Contents: Director's foreword --
Preface and acknowledgments --
ch. 1. The pioneering generation : 1839-1843 --
Ideas and inventions --
The daguerreotype in America : 1839 --
Beyond the laboratory : 1840 --
The foundation of a profession : 1841-43 --
Case studies : Southworth & Hawes and John Plumbe --
ch. 2. Leaders in the profession : a regional survey --
Boston and vicinity --
Philadelphia and vicinity --
New York City and State --
The South --
The West --
California and the Pacific Coast --
ch. 3. Being a daguerreotypist --
A new profession --
Secrets of the dark chamber --
At work --
A contentious fraternity --
The daguerreian economy --
Exhibitions and competitions --
The language of light : commerce and art --
ch. 4. The face of a nation --
The cultural importance of portraiture --
The portrait tradition --
Illustrious Americans --
Pictures and things : the human artifact --
High and low : the aesthetics of portraiture --
Daguerreian genres and themes --
The occupational daguerreotype --
Ethnicity and race --
Memorial and postmortem images --
The American scene --
Outdoor views --
Gold and the West --
Comic, allegorical, and artistic works --
End of an era. ch. 5. The rise of paper photography --
Paper and glass in Europe --
Paper photography in America --
Antebellum America on paper : picture, view, and likeness --
New formats : the stereograph and carte-de-visite --
ch. 6. "A terrible distinctness" : photography of the Civil War Era, 1861-1865 --
A mass market for pictures --
Photography and the illustrated press --
Brady, Gardner, and the aesthetics of war --
Photography and the military --
End game : victory, trauma, and the war of memory --
ch. 7. Nature and culture : scenic, topographic, and promotional views --
The art of landscape --
The Eastern landscape : scenic and topographic views --
Yosemite and Carleton E. Watkins --
The push West : troops, tracks, and treaties --
Timothy O'Sullivan and the King and Wheeler surveys --
William Henry Jackson and John K. Hillers : the Hayden and Powell surveys --
ch. 8. A world of photographs --
Napoleon Sarony and the new art of portraiture --
Reality in focus --
Art and invention --
Instantaneous vision --
The dry-plate revolution --
Notes --
Catalogue --
Index.
Other Titles: Hallmark Photographic Collection at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Responsibility: Keith F. Davis ; with contributions by Jane L. Aspinwall ; director's foreword by Marc F. Wilson.

Abstract:

Chronicles the emergence of a visual paradigm, from the introduction of the daguerreotype in 1839 through the Civil War and the exploration of the West to the rise of popular photography in the 1880s.

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