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In a Rugged Land: Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, and the Three Mormon Towns Collaboration, 19531954
Contributor(s): Swensen, James R.
ISBN: 1607816288     ISBN-13: 9781607816287
Publisher: Univ of Utah Pr
    OUR PRICE: $31.46  
Product Type: Paperback
Published: December 2018
Annotation: "Though photographers Dorothea Lange and Ansel Adams were contemporaries and longtime friends, most of their work portrays contrasting subject matter. Lange's artistic photodocumentation set a new aesthetic standard for social commentary; Adams lit up nature's wonders with an unfailing eye and preeminent technical skill. That they joined together to photograph Mormons in Utah in the early 1950s for Life magazine may come as a surprise. In a Rugged Land examines the history and content of the two photographers' forgotten collaboration, Three Mormon Towns. Looking at Adams' and Lange's photographs, extant letters, and personal memories, the book provides a window into an important moment in their careers and seeks to understand why a project that once heldsuch promise ended in disillusionment and is now little more than a footnote in their illustrative biographies. Swensen's in-depth research and interpretation helps make sense of what they did and places their efforts alongside others who were also exploring the particular qualities of the Mormon village at that time"--Provided by publisher.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Mormons; Utah; Saint George; Portraits.
Mormons; Utah; Gunlock; Portraits.
Mormons; Utah; Toquerville; Portraits.
BISAC Categories:
- Photography | Photojournalism
Dewey: 770.9792
LCCN: 2018014040
Academic/Grade Level: General Adult
Book type: Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 10.00" H x 9.00" W x 0.75" (2.50 lbs) 340 pages
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Contributor Bio(s):
James R. Swensen is an associate professor of art history and the history of photography at Brigham Young University. He is the author of Picturing Migrants: The Grapes of Wrath and New Deal Documentary Photography and the recipient of the 20162019 Butler Young Scholar Award from the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies.