By Martin W. Sandler
"If i may inform the tale in phrases, i would not have to lug round a camera."-Lewis Hine
A attractive view of the USA as captured via groundbreaking photographers
American background is punctuated by means of defining moments-some proud, a few tragic, a few appealing. images has made it attainable for those moments to be captured and shared with the general public. because the craft has developed from unwieldy glass negatives to electronic imagery, the pictures themselves have replaced the way in which we see the world.
From Mathew Brady's startling Civil struggle images to NASA's attractive photographs of the universe, America in the course of the Lens by way of Martin W. Sandler highlights twelve photographers whose paintings has really replaced the kingdom.
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The nation was shocked. “Mr. ” Thanks to Mathew B. Brady, Americans would never look at war in the same way again. Brady and his photographers gave the nation an unforgettable portrait of the physical destruction brought about by war, as this picture of once-beautiful Richmond, Virginia, clearly shows. ” That is how noted historian Edwin Rozwenc described the accomplishments of William Henry Jackson. Born in Kesseville, New York, in 1843, Jackson began his career as an apprentice photographer. He was only fifteen, and photography itself was less than twenty years old.
In those days people had to sit before the camera for as long as thirty minutes in order for an image to take. And they had to remain perfectly still. Head clamps were often used to keep subjects from moving. Because artificial lighting had not been perfected, the earliest daguerreotypes were taken outdoors in full sunlight. Many of those who sat for photographs came away with a sunburn and only a single image for their trouble, since daguerrotypes could not be reproduced. Yet almost everyone felt that the painful experience was worth it.
Frances Benjamin Johnston was a woman far ahead of her time. She showed women what could be done and then helped them do it. She showed the nation that many of its perceptions about its African-American citizens were outrageously false. And she did it all by setting her own standards and following her own rules. Irreverent to the end, she summed up her life with a simple statement: “I’ve learned not to depend on the Lord,” she proclaimed. ” “She composed a portrait that evoked a true and lasting visual suggestion of the age,” wrote a photography critic of Johnston’s accomplishments.
America Through the Lens. Photographers Who Changed the Nation by Martin W. Sandler