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An American century of photography : from dry-plate to digital : the Hallmark Photographic Collection

Hallmark Photographic Collection

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  • Creator Keith F. Davis ; foreword by Donald J. Hall
  • Format Books
  • Contributors
  • Publication Second edition, revised and enlarged. Kansas City, Mo. : Hallmark Cards Inc., in association with Harry N. Abrams, 1999.
  • Physical Details
    • 590 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 32 cm
  • ISBNs 9780810963788, 0810963787, 9780875298115, 0875298117
  • OCLC ocm40403732


  • "An American Century of Photography is an introduction to, and an original exploration of, the most vital age of American photography, which began just over a century ago with the advent of the dry-plate technology and the hand camera. Now, at the turn of the twenty-first century, photography is in the midst of another major technological change, one brought on by the impact of the computer. This remarkable evolution is documented here through a detailed discussion of important artists, images, and ideas. Accompanying the definitive text are state-of-the-art reproductions of 499 works, ranging from such iconic photographs as Dorothea Lange's Migrant Mother to a host of previously little-known or unpublished images.
  • The variety of the selection greatly expands our understanding of the complexities and riches of American photography from the late nineteenth century to the present." "The book accompanies a major traveling exhibition of masterworks from the Hallmark Photographic Collection, one of the most renowned holdings of its kind in the world."--BOOK JACKET.


  • "The exhibition accompanying this volume will be shown at a number of major museums in 1999-2002"--P. 13.
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 563-575) and index.


  • I. A Reluctant Modernism: 1885-1915. A New Age. Art and Photography. The Generation of 1902 -- II. Abstraction and Realism: 1915-1940. "A World Bursting with New Ideas" Purism and Pictorialism. The New Vision. American Documents. The Triumph of Photography -- III. From Public to Private Concerns: 1940-1965. In the Shadow of War. From Document to Metaphor. Multitude, Solitude. Art and Commerce. New Perspectives: Into the '60s -- IV. The Image Transformed 1965-Present. The Photography Boom. A New Pluralism. Themes and Variations: Photography at the Century's End. Coda: The Digital Revolution