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Glass Plates & Wagon Ruts: Images of the Southwest by Lisle Updike & William Pennington Hardcover – October, 1998

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"This remarkable photographic collection and Clark's text offer a fascinating view into America's past and of the enduring Navajos. No one interested in Western History should miss it." -- Tony Hillerman

About the Author

H. Jackson Clark was a third-generation native of Durango, Colorado. A well-known Indian trader and expert on Navajo weaving, jewelry, and legends, he lectured extensively on the history of the southwest. He died in July of 1997, before he could see this project come to fruition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Colorado (October 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870814958
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870814952
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 8.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #770,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Thomson on February 17, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I love the photographs in "Glass Plates and Wagon Ruts." This book, by H. Jackson Clark, records the history of Lisle Update and William Pennington, who creates an amazing photoarchive of the American Southwest in the first several decades of the twentieth century.
Clark presents nearly 100 classic photographs, around which he tells the story of constant travel in the Four Corners states by these two reknown photographers. Many of these photos are of Native Americans, both in the Pueblos of New Mexico, and in Navajo and Apache territory in Arizona. The prints, in particular, represent some of the best photo portraits from these cultures in existence.
Some of the pictures will just surprise you. My favorite is one of the Wright Brothers' plane, flown at a fair in Colorado in 1914. I really enjoyed this book. If you have an interest in the Southwest, or in old photography, the chances are good that you will, too.
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Format: Hardcover
If there was not one line of prose in this book, the photographs would be more than worth the price of the book. We have grown up with images from the movies and television. These photographs portray the real American Indian. I found myself with a lense studying the detail of the clothing, beads and headdresses and eventually transported by the expresses. What were these people thinking as they poised? Are we the readers the ones that are really caught in time?
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By Daniel R. Updike on July 18, 2012
Format: Hardcover
If you love photography of the southwest in the early 20th century this is a must-have book. These photographers did a great job in keeping the context of the Native American lifestyle.
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