Bronwyn Griffith
Bronwyn Griffith is Curator of Exhibitions, The Royal Palaces, The Royal Court of Sweden. She was formerly associate curator at the Musée d'Art Américain Giverny.
Griffith, Bronwyn
Griffith, Bronwyn
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Description: Images of the West: Survey Photography in French Collections, 1860–1880
AN ARDOR FOR DISCOVERY marks the period immediately following the American Civil War. The western territories held promise of the American future, with vast expanses of land for settlement and abundant natural resources to be tapped. Earlier governmental expeditions had employed artists to render the landscapes and, as the expeditions continued and expanded after the war, photography came to play...
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PublisherTerra Foundation for American Art
Pages8 - 9
Description: Images of the West: Survey Photography in French Collections, 1860–1880
As American settlement expanded westward in the 1860s, the U.S. government undertook large-scale investigations of its new territories. Images of the West: Survey Photography in French Collections, 1860–1880 presents memorable glass-plate photographs from these federal surveys. The selection includes breathtaking views of such iconic sites as Yosemite, as well as lesser-known ethnographic portraits taken by Timothy H. O'Sullivan, William H. Jackson, and William Bell, among others. The accompanying essays discuss how the photographs were used to promote white settlement, how their distribution at home and abroad contributed to the aggrandizement of the American West, and how the exploitative ideology underlying the use of photography extended to attitudes toward both American landscapes and American Indians.

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Print publication date January 2007 (in print)
Print ISBN 9780932171542
EISBN 9780300260175
Illustrations 97
Print Status in print