David Plowden : vanishing point : fifty years of photography

by Plowden, David.

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"No one has photographed America as has David Plowden.... He is one of the great artists of our time."
--David McCullough

This beautiful volume is both a tribute to and a celebration of the photographer who, more than anyone else, has given us a visual record of our mark on the land over the last half-century. David Plowden's beautiful black-and-white images reveal his great respect for man's ingenuity and honest work, documenting a disappearing landscape of industry, small towns, wonderful devices, and noble structures.

David McCullough writes, "Plowden has produced some of the most powerful photographs we have of man-made America. He is propelled, driven, by a sense of time running out and the feeling that he must not just make a record, but confer a kind of immortality on certain aspects of American civilization before they vanish." As Walker Evans gave us the first half of the twentieth century, David Plowden has given us the second. David Plowden: Vanishing Point represents the best of this magnificent body of work.
280 duotone photographs.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Many photographers have made historic photographs. Just say the phrase, and Matthew Brady springs to mind, or, perhaps, Walker Evans and Dorothea Lange of the FSA photographic project of the 1930s. But how many knowingly photographed history? That is what Plowden has done he quips that he gets to the subjects he photographs just before the wrecking ball. Because of his impeccable timing, he has recorded what Americans ought to remember as it ought to be remembered. He trains his lens on a barn, a bridge, a locomotive, an open pit mine, a hardware store interior, a grain elevator, a worker, or, as on the cover of this book, a storm front over a highway crossing barely rolling plains, and makes a monument and an elegy in the black-and-white image he obtains. By these material and human means, Americans made a prosperous and hospitable nation, and now they are passing away. The lighting of each frame looks absolutely natural (Plowden uses only ambient light) but is carefully managed to show everything Plowden wants seen, resulting in visual textures that are all but palpable. These are photographs to be seen again and again.--Olson, Ray Copyright 2007 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Plowden, David.
Photography, Industrial.
United States -- Pictorial works.
Publisher New York :W.W. Norton,2007
Edition 1st ed.
Other Titles Vanishing point
Language English
Description 340 pages : illustrations ; 29 x 32 cm
ISBN 9780393062540 (hardcover)
0393062546 (hardcover)
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