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This book accompanies an exhibit that opened in March 2001 at the Oakland Museum, where Johnson is curator of fine art photography. Arranged chronologically along with the photographs are essays by five well-known photohistorians and critics: Therese Thau Heyman (who built the photography collection at the Oakland Museum from the 1960s), Peter Palmquist, Naomi Rosenblum, Sally Stein, and Andy Grundberg. "Everything worth photographing is in California," observed Edward Weston, and most of the greatest American photographers made photographs here. Though resident photographers felt ignored by mainstream, East Coast aesthetic arbiters, even at the end of the 19th century they were producing work that made Stieglitz's circle seem conservative. This survey presents fine examples of every process and period, from the earliest daguerreotypes to the work of highly experimental contemporary photographers. Perhaps its greatest feature is its focus on less familiar practitioners and their work: early Chinese studios, Gustavus Fagerstein's Yosemite photographs of the 1880s, Willard Worden's turn-of-the-century San Francisco, Alma Lavenson's images of children and her garden, John Paul Edward's industrial views, and Catherine Wagner's documentation of American classrooms. Highly recommended for photography, California history, and American studies collections. Kathleen Collins, Bank of America Corporate Archives, San Francisco
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Drew Heath Johnson is curator of fine art photography at the Oakland Museum of California, a world-renowned institution devoted to the art, history, and natural science of the Golden State.



  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: WW Norton (April 26 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393049930
  • ISBN-13: 9780393049930
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 24.5 x 28.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 2100g