River of shadows : Eadweard Muybridge and the technological wild west.

By: Solnit, Rebecca.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London : Penguin, 2004Description: 305 p. : ill. ; 22cm. (pbk).ISBN: 9780142004104.Subject(s): Photography | Technology history | Technology and the arts | Muybridge, Eadweard, 1830-1904--photography--United States | ChronophotographyDDC classification: 770.69MUY
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Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism and the Mark Lynton History Prize<br> <br> Through the story of the pioneering photographer Eadweard Muybridge, the author of Recollections of My Nonexistence explores what it was about California in the late 19th-century that enabled it to become such a center of technological and cultural innovation <br> <br> The world as we know it today began in California in the late 1800s, and 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 and technology to create a boldly original portrait of America on the threshold of modernity. The story of Muybridge--who in 1872 succeeded in capturing high-speed motion photographically--becomes a lens for a larger story about the acceleration and industrialization of everyday life. 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 society.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • The Annihilation of Time and Space (p. 1)
  • The Man with the Cloudy Skies (p. 25)
  • Lessons of the Golden Spike (p. 55)
  • Standing on the Brink (p. 75)
  • Lost River (p. 101)
  • A Day in the Life, Two Deaths, More Photographs (p. 125)
  • Skinning the City (p. 153)
  • Stopping Time (p. 177)
  • The Artist in Motion and at Rest (p. 207)
  • From the Center of the World to the Final Frontier (p. 239)
  • Chronology (p. 261)
  • Notes (p. 271)
  • Acknowledgments (p. 295)
  • Photograph Credits (p. 297)
  • Index (p. 299)