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Author Guimond, James
Title American photography and the American dream / James Guimond
Imprint Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, 1991
book jacket
 Euro-Am 3F Western Mat.  779.9973 G947    AVAILABLE    30500100628190
Descript ix, 341 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
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Series Cultural studies of the United States
Cultural studies of the United States
Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 319-335) and index
Dreams and documents -- Frances Johnston's "Hampton album" : a white dream for black people -- Lewis Hine and American industrialism -- The signs of hard times -- The American way of life at home and abroad -- The American wasteland -- After the fall
"Examines the most important photographers and developments in the documentary genre during this century. It encompasses the reform-era images of Francis Benjamin Johnston and Lewis Hine; the work of Farm Security Administration (FSA) photographers like Walker Evans and Dorothea Lange during both the 1930s and 1940s after the FSA photography unit broke up; the American-Way-of-Life pictures published by Life, Look, and the United States Information Agency during the 1940s and 1950s; the iconoclastic images of William Klein, Diane Arbus, and Robert Frank; and the work of four photographers of the 1970s and 1980s: Bill Owens, Chauncey Hare, Susan Meiselas, and Michael Williamson. Guimond pays close attention to the specific historical circumstances in which the pictures were made, to the roles the photographers played in making their images, to their intentions, stated and unstated, and to the original contexts in which the images were published or exhibited. These images, he shows, are not merely pictures on museum walls but revelations that can help us understand how we as Americans have seen ourselves, one another, and the world around us."--Back cover
Subject Documentary photography -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Documentary photography -- United States -- History -- 20th century
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