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Dreamland: America at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century [Englisch] [Gebundene Ausgabe]

Michael Lesy
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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 207 Seiten
  • Verlag: New Pr (November 1997)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1565843827
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565843820
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 28,5 x 22,3 x 2,1 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 2.779.835 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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Historian Michael Lesy, author of Wisconsin Death Trip, has produced another haunting volume with Dreamland. The book chronicles a day in the life of America at the turn of the 20th century, an optimistic, peaceful time. Lesy chose 208 black-and-white pictures from the archive of the Detroit Publishing Company, the hugely successful postcard business. The images depict skyscrapers under construction, bustling urban streets, farmers and dusty country roads, and the glories of the newly charted American West, with its cowboys, miners, and distant prairie towns. The atmosphere of order and calm portrayed in the photographs is deceptive, as Lesy's thoughtful essays reveal.

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This collection features over 200 of William Henry Jackson's photographic images of the USA, chosen from postcards produced and sold by the Detroit Publishing Company for whom he worked. For years, Jackson and his team fanned out across the United States to document the people and places, industry and scenery of the dynamically-changing nation. At the company's height, they sold over seven million images a year. A renowned landscape photographer, Jackson's greatest images are represented: from the towering Flatiron Building in New York to surreal views of Californian cities built in the middle of nowhere; and from immigrant workers in mines and smelters to southern chain gangs and minstrel groups. This book captures both the extraordinary vigour and high hopes of the early-20th-century years, as well as some dark truths hidden below the surface.

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Dreamland is a wonderful, wistful volume of photographs produced just after the turn of the century by William Henry Jackson and the Detroit Publishing Company and collected recently by editor Michael Lesy. The book, with its spare design and reverse-type pages, is beautifully constructed; pairing the photographs with summaries of carefully-chosen events from the first decade of this century, it slowly builds a clear and compelling portrayal of both the similarities (politicians and scandals seem to be a constant) and differences (crushing loss of life and wilderness) between the America it pictures and that of today. From its cover image of children rushing into the surf near the Cliff House in San Francisco through its ever-contrasting procession of burgeoning cities, pristine scenery, alternately solemn and carefree faces, and towns sprouting on the edge of the not-quite-tamed wilderness, Dreamland continually surprises with its ability to communicate strong emotions of a time long past yet often resonant with today. In my mind, one of the most important aspects of the book is buried at the end: its coda, "The Enterprise and the Undertaking" which provides a history of Mr. Jackson and the making of the photographs, as well as a personal statement by the author, Michael Lesy, providing insight into his personal obsession with the collection. This would have made an equally enjoyable preface, anchoring the tone for both photos and text. My comlpaints are few; the book suffers from less than perfect printing, showing unfortunate flaws in the black ink on many of the pages. Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Beautiful, haunting volume of America at the cusp of change 30. März 1998
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Dreamland is a wonderful, wistful volume of photographs produced just after the turn of the century by William Henry Jackson and the Detroit Publishing Company and collected recently by editor Michael Lesy. The book, with its spare design and reverse-type pages, is beautifully constructed; pairing the photographs with summaries of carefully-chosen events from the first decade of this century, it slowly builds a clear and compelling portrayal of both the similarities (politicians and scandals seem to be a constant) and differences (crushing loss of life and wilderness) between the America it pictures and that of today. From its cover image of children rushing into the surf near the Cliff House in San Francisco through its ever-contrasting procession of burgeoning cities, pristine scenery, alternately solemn and carefree faces, and towns sprouting on the edge of the not-quite-tamed wilderness, Dreamland continually surprises with its ability to communicate strong emotions of a time long past yet often resonant with today. In my mind, one of the most important aspects of the book is buried at the end: its coda, "The Enterprise and the Undertaking" which provides a history of Mr. Jackson and the making of the photographs, as well as a personal statement by the author, Michael Lesy, providing insight into his personal obsession with the collection. This would have made an equally enjoyable preface, anchoring the tone for both photos and text. My comlpaints are few; the book suffers from less than perfect printing, showing unfortunate flaws in the black ink on many of the pages. Also, the decision to relegate the captions of the photographs to an appendix leaves the pages clear and unadorned, but also leads to a great deal of page-shuffling; I found this an inconvenience, as every photo leads you to wonder "where and when was this; who were these people?" In balance, I very much enjoyed Dreamland - for the overall quality of its presentation, for the emotional impact of its subject matter, and especially for its striking evocation of America on the cusp of its irrevocable transition to the modern age. Recommended.
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