East of the Mississippi: Nineteenth-Century American Landscape Photography
Diane Waggoner et al.
Pictures of the American West have up to now dominated the canon of nineteenth-century American landscape photography. Although many photographers worked in the eastern half of the United States, their pictures have received little scholarly attention with the exception of Civil War images. East of the Mississippi: Nineteenth-Century American Landscape Photography will be the first book to focus on this vivid chapter.
Eastern landscape photographs are both visually arresting and revealing of the American nation in ways that differ from western counterparts. Created for multiple purposes, these photographs express a diverse set of aesthetic, moral, topographic, and instrumental concerns. This book will include approximately 175 photographs and several paintings ranging from 1840 to 1900 and featuring a rich variety of media such as daguerreotypes, salted paper prints, tintypes, cyanotypes, albumen prints, stereo cards, and photograph albums. These photographs helped shape evolving mythologies of the American wilderness, revealed the impact of the Civil War on the physical landscape, and played an important role in both industrialization and environmental preservation.
This book shines a light on both esteemed and little-known photographers, highlighting their practices and concerns. Sections will consider the earliest daguerreotypes and paper prints of prime eastern sites like Niagara Falls and the White Mountains; the close ties between many painters and photographers, such as the Bierstadt and Moran brothers; altered landscapes from before, during, and after the Civil War; and photographers who forged new ideas concerning the preservation of the American wilderness.
256 pages | 210 illustrations | 9 x 11 inches
Coming March 2017