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Davis, Keith F., 1952-
The origins of American photography : from daguerreotype to dry-plate, 1839-1885 / Keith F. Davis ; with contributions by Jane L. Aspinwall ; director's foreword by Marc F. Wilson
Alternate Title At head of title: Hallmark Photographic Collection at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
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]
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 4th Floor  NH107 .D26 2007    AVAILABLE
Subject Hallmark Photographic Collection -- Exhibitions
Subject(s) Photography, Artistic -- Exhibitions
Photography -- United States -- History -- Exhibitions
Daguerreotype -- Exhibitions
Physical Description 358 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 31 cm
Note "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"--T.p. verso
Includes bibliographical references (p. 271-293) and index
Contents 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
Review "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 national consciousness while, at the same time, helping to shape it. They also explored the visual language of a radically new medium, laying the foundation for all of photography's subsequent history."--BOOK JACKET
Alternate Author Aspinwall, Jane Lee, 1967-
Wilson, Marc F
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

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