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Crossing the Frontier: Photographs of the Developing West, 1849 to the Present
(1996)
  • Richard Rodriguez
  • Sandra Phillips
  • Aaron Betsky
  • Eldridge Moores
  • Robert Dawson, San Jose State University
Abstract
Poignant and provocative, Crossing the Frontier is the first major photographic exploration of human use, development, and abuse of the Western landscape. Published to accompany a San Francisco Museum of Modern Art exhibition, the photographs in Crossing the Frontier are powerful, vivid, and unsentimental, spanning almost 150 years and including both found images and works by major classic and contemporary photographers. Also featured are essays on the photography, geology, mythology, and architecture of the West by four distinguished authors. In stark contrast to photography books that carefully present nature at its most pristine, Crossing the Frontier finds beauty in the devastation of the terrain, and explores the complex social, political, and cultural ramifications of this transformation.
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Publication Date
1996
Publisher
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art/ Chronicle Books
Citation Information
Richard Rodriguez, Sandra Phillips, Aaron Betsky, Eldridge Moores, et al.. Crossing the Frontier: Photographs of the Developing West, 1849 to the Present. San Francisco, CA(1996)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/robert_dawson/29/