A STAGGERING REVOLUTION: A CULTURAL HISTORY OF THIRTIES PHOTOGRAPHY.
Urband and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2006. First edition. 4to., xx, 370 pp., 24 b&w plates from photographs. Pictorial stiff wrappers. Fine, as new. Item #51201
A comprehensive look at photography's most dynamic era, this book surveys the rich variety of innovation that characterized the 1930s, exploring the aesthetic and cultural achievements of leading photographers and mapping the impact on the public imagination.
Contents: The rebirth of photography in the thirties -- Disestablishing Stieglitz -- Group f.64 and the problem of California photography -- An eastern beachhead -- Edward Steichen and celebrity photography -- MoMA's big top show -- Camera periodicals and the popular audience -- Culture morphology in Berenice Abbott's New York -- Farm Security Administration photography and the dilemmas of art -- Farm Security Administration photography in the aura of art -- The nation's newsstands -- The photo league, Lewis Hine, and the Harlem document -- Seeing California with Edward Weston -- Photography at high tide.