America Through the Lens. Photographers Who Changed the by Martin W. Sandler

By Martin W. Sandler

"If i may inform the tale in phrases, i would not have to lug round a camera."-Lewis Hine
A lovely view of the United States as captured by way of groundbreaking photographers
American historical past is punctuated by means of defining moments-some proud, a few tragic, a few appealing. images has made it attainable for those moments to be captured and shared with the general public. because the craft has developed from unwieldy glass negatives to electronic imagery, the images themselves have replaced the way in which we see the world.
From Mathew Brady's startling Civil struggle photos to NASA's gorgeous pictures of the universe, America during the Lens through Martin W. Sandler highlights twelve photographers whose paintings has actually replaced the country.

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Thanks to Mathew B. Brady, Americans would never look at war in the same way again. Brady and his photographers gave the nation an unforgettable portrait of the physical destruction brought about by war, as this picture of once-beautiful Richmond, Virginia, clearly shows. ” That is how noted historian Edwin Rozwenc described the accomplishments of William Henry Jackson. Born in Kesseville, New York, in 1843, Jackson began his career as an apprentice photographer. He was only fifteen, and photography itself was less than twenty years old.

The photographs Johnston took of impoverished African Americans in the Deep South were, like her Hampton pictures, marked by the respectful way in which she preserved the dignity of all her subjects. The teacher in the center of this photograph of a laboratory class at Tuskegee Institute was George Washington Carver, destined to become one of America’s most innovative and respected scientists. Just as Johnston was taking the last of her Virginia-countryside photographs, she received another important request.

She showed the nation that many of its perceptions about its African-American citizens were outrageously false. And she did it all by setting her own standards and following her own rules. Irreverent to the end, she summed up her life with a simple statement: “I’ve learned not to depend on the Lord,” she proclaimed. ” “She composed a portrait that evoked a true and lasting visual suggestion of the age,” wrote a photography critic of Johnston’s accomplishments. ” By applying this conviction to his picture-taking, Jacob Riis inspired reform and changed the lives of tens of thousands of newcomers to America.

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