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Carleton Watkins: The Complete Mammoth Photographs 1st Edition

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"A monumental achievement in the pictorial historiography of 19th-century America, loaded with new images and data, this will be an indispensable resource for students of photography and U.S. history."—Library Journal



"Carleton Watkins: The Complete Mammoth Photographs is among the most important books ever devoted to the history of photography."—Jed Perl, The New Republic 

 


"The rare piece of scholarship that takes a known figure and substantially alters our understanding of him. The result . . . is a revelation: A strong argument that Watkins is more than a familiar photographer, he was the first great all-American artist."—Tyler Green, Modern Art Notes 
 
 
 
 

 



“An invaluable resource for anyone interested in U.S. photographic or landscape history.”—Monteral Gazette



“A staunchly great book.”—The Stranger



Winner of the 2012 Kraszna-Krausz Best Photography Book Award


“A lavishly illustrated, meticulously edited, engagingly written, and comprehensively researched volume.”—Choice


“This extraordinary body of work produced by photographer Carleton Watkins . . . between 1858 and 1891 constitutes one of the longest and most productive careers in 19th century American photography.”—Clickers & Flickers

About the Author

Weston Naef is curator emeritus in the Department of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum. Christine Hult-Lewis is an independent scholar, based in San Francisco.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 608 pages
  • Publisher: J. Paul Getty Museum; 1 edition (November 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606060058
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606060056
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 2 x 12.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,308,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For an expensive book, you are buying a lot of white paper. Certainly every mammoth plate image is cataloged, but the size of the image reproduction is too small to really enjoy. A good book design with bigger images with the same printed information and would have been much better and not increased the overall size of this tome. At least the images are all there, just use a strong magnifying glass to view them.
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Very well documented as to the dates, titles and location of known prints. A very large book in size and weight (10 lbs.). A very complete catalogue of some very scarce photographs by a very talented and little known photographer. The book contains small, about 2 3/4 by 3 3/4 inch copies of his works. If mammoth prints (16 by 20 inch) were included in the publication you would probably need a forklift to move it around. Worth the large bucks, at least in my case.
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The book is large and the photographs are certainly smaller that their original mammoth-plate sizes. Nevertheless, Naef and Hult-Lewis have produced a remarkable product. The book’s value is in its completeness and in the information provided on each photograph. It is a spectacular reference book for anyone interested in Watkins’ work.
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A great pictorial archive of one of the West's greatest photographer in the 19th century. Besides being a great technical reference, this work serves as walk through history. Yosemite, the Gold Rush, the Comstock mining bonanza and early San Francisco are just a few of the high lights.
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