By Martin W. Sandler
"If i may inform the tale in phrases, i would not have to lug round a camera."-Lewis Hine
A gorgeous view of the United States as captured by way of groundbreaking photographers
American background is punctuated by means of defining moments-some proud, a few tragic, a few attractive. images has made it attainable for those moments to be captured and shared with the general public. because the craft has advanced from unwieldy glass negatives to electronic imagery, the images themselves have replaced the best way we see the world.
From Mathew Brady's startling Civil struggle images to NASA's wonderful pictures of the universe, America in the course of the Lens via Martin W. Sandler highlights twelve photographers whose paintings has really replaced the country.
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Even when perched precariously on a ledge jutting out from the top of a mountain, he waited patiently for just the right light to capture the image he sought. Most of the time he was rewarded with the masterful photograph he hoped for. Other times the weather deteriorated to such an extent that, after waiting for so long, he was unable to take even one picture. There were disasters as well. More than once a mule carrying glass plates slipped on the treacherous terrain as Jackson and the animal made their way back down the mountain.
It was not easy. In those days people had to sit before the camera for as long as thirty minutes in order for an image to take. And they had to remain perfectly still. Head clamps were often used to keep subjects from moving. Because artificial lighting had not been perfected, the earliest daguerreotypes were taken outdoors in full sunlight. Many of those who sat for photographs came away with a sunburn and only a single image for their trouble, since daguerrotypes could not be reproduced. Yet almost everyone felt that the painful experience was worth it.
Through pictures such as this one that he included in his twenty-volume publication titled The North American Indians, Edward Curtis earned widespread acclaim. Curtis was not the first photographer to become obsessed with the idea of capturing the likenesses and the customs of the Native Americans for posterity.
America Through the Lens. Photographers Who Changed the Nation by Martin W. Sandler