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UI Press book examines history of photography
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Award-winning art historian John Wood turns his critical
lens on early and long-neglected photographic forms in a new book from
the University of Iowa Press.
"The Photographic Arts" is an illustrated collection of essays
by Wood on the western American daguerreotype, contemporary daguerreotypy,
the American autochrome, the art of the cyanotype, European pictorialism,
and American symbolism in photography.
The 200-hundred page book contains 103 images, printed one to a page,
including 34 daguerreotypes and autochromes in full color, 24 cyanotypes
presented in blue duotone, and 45 halftones.
Using diaries and journals of gold field miners and a penetrating vision
of the near extermination of indigenous peoples, Wood fills in critical
gaps in the literature of photography. He contrasts the reality and the
mythology shown in the faces of subjects in early photographs.
Wood also examines the influence of photographic pioneer Alfred Stieglitz,
arguing that Stieglitz's role on the pictorialist movement has traditionally
John Wood is professor of art and English and director of the creative
writing program at McNeese State University. His book, "The Daguerreotype,"
published by the UI Press, won the American Photographic Historical Society's
Outstanding Book of the Year award in 1989.
"The Photographic Arts" is available at bookstores nationwide
for $65 clothbound. The book can also be ordered from UI Press by calling
(319) 384-3807 (for calls within Johnson County) or 1-800-235-2665 (outside
Information is also available at the UI Press website: http://www.uiowa.edu/~uipress/