River of Shadows Eadweard Muybridge and the technological Wild West by Solnit DJ
River of Shadows Eadweard Muybridge and the technological Wild West by Solnit DJ
River of Shadows Eadweard Muybridge and the technological Wild West by Solnit DJ
River of Shadows Eadweard Muybridge and the technological Wild West by Solnit DJ
River of Shadows Eadweard Muybridge and the technological Wild West by Solnit DJ
River of Shadows Eadweard Muybridge and the technological Wild West by Solnit DJ
River of Shadows Eadweard Muybridge and the technological Wild West by Solnit DJ
River of Shadows Eadweard Muybridge and the technological Wild West by Solnit DJ

River of Shadows Eadweard Muybridge and the technological Wild West by Solnit DJ

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River of Shadows Eadweard Muybridge and the technological Wild West by Solnit DJ
 
River of Shadows Eadweard Muybridge and the technological Wild West by Rebecca Solnit
Hard Cover w/ dust jacket
305 pages
Copyright 2003
CONTENTS
The Annihilation of Time and Space   1
The Man with the Cloudy Skies25
Lessons of the Golden Spike  55
Standing on the Brink  75
Lost River    101
A Day in the Life, Two Deaths, More Photographs125
Skinning the City153
Stopping Time  177
The Artist in Motion and at Rest207
From the Center of the World to the Final Frontier239
Chronology 261
Notes 271
Acknowledgments 295
Photograph Credits 297
Index 299
DUST JACKET INTRODUCTION
The world as we know it today began in California in the last quarter of the nineteenth century, and a man named Eadweard Muybridge had a lot to do with it. This striking assertion is at the heart of Rebecca Solnit's new book, which weaves together biography, history, and fascinating insights into art, technology, landscape, and photography to create a boldly original portrait of America on the threshold of modernity.
During a period of feverish creativity that commenced in 1872, Eadweard Muybridge succeeded for the first time in capturing high-speed motion photographically-the crucial breakthrough that made movies possible. He also continued his series of breathtaking photographs of the monumental landscape of the American West; served as official photographer of the Modoc War, California's most dramatic Native American conflict; and, in a blaze of publicity, stood trial for the murder of his wife's lover.
In Solnit's taut, compelling narrative, Muybridge becomes a lens for a larger story about the transformation of time and space in the nineteenth century, by railroads, telegraphy, photography, and myriad other contributions to the acceleration and industrialization of everyday life. With dazzling erudition and a mastery of the interlocking histories of art, technology, politics, and commerce, Solnit shows how the peculiar freedoms and opportunities of post-Civil War California led directly to the two industries-Hollywood and Silicon Valley-that have most powerfully defined contemporary life.


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