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Capturing Light: Masterpieces of California Photography, 1850 to the Present
(2001)
  • Robert Dawson, San Jose State University
Abstract
A stunning visual history that celebrates 150 years of California's greatest photographers. From rare daguerreotypes of gold prospectors to Edward Weston's intimate portraiture, from glamour shots of Hollywood starlets to Dorothea Lange's arresting Dust Bowl imagery, Capturing Light offers a rich, extensive survey of the master photographers who have shaped the consciousness of a state—and a nation—for more than a century and a half. This book reflects the pioneer spirit and avant-garde sensibility of California, including works from such greats as Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, Edward S. Curtis, Oscar Maurer, and Carrie Mae Weems. Capturing Light also offers an illuminating series of essays by scholars who elucidate how California's photographers have forever changed the medium of photography and affected a nation's conscience and aesthetic sensibility. The exhibition based on the book was organized by the Oakland Museum of California in 2001, and after its opening at the museum has traveled around the world.
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Publication Date
2001
Editor
Drew Heath Johnson
Publisher
The Oakland Museum and W.W. Norton & Company
Citation Information
Robert Dawson. Capturing Light: Masterpieces of California Photography, 1850 to the Present. Oakland, CA and New York, NY(2001)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/robert_dawson/23/