“The fortunate match of a brilliant picture-maker with one of America's most important and arresting industrial cities at its zenith.” (Chronicle of Higher Education)
“Smith's attempt to record the paradoxes of city life in America...was harnessed to an enormous talent, and he wasn't far from the mark when he wrote that his essay would 'create history.'” (New York Times)
About the Author
Sam Stephenson is a writer and consultant at the Center for Documentary Studies.
Alan Trachtenberg is Neil Grey Professor of American Studies and English Literature at Yale University.