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Measure of Emptiness: Grain Elevators in the American Landscape (Creating the North American Landscape) Paperback – March 1, 1992


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Product Details

  • Series: Creating the North American Landscape
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press; First edition (March 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801839491
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801839498
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,835,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The pictures are superb. They move from awe and admiration, to description of the structure, variety and function of the elevators, to a consideration of their physical and social place in the landscape. This is an impressive piece of work." --Peter Galassi, Curator of Photography, Museum of Modern Art "Does a superb job of describing one of the most distinctive structures of the American mid-continent the grain elevator. The book skillfully integrates the science of geography with the art of photography, and it should intrigue anyone who is interested in our rural landscapes." --John Fraser Hart, author of 'The Land that Feeds Us'

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"The pictures are superb. They move from awe and admiration, to description of the structure, variety and function of the elevators, to a consideration of their physical and social place in the landscape. This is an impressive piece of work." -- Peter Galassi, Curator of Photography, Museum of Modern Art


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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 23, 1998
Format: Paperback
I did a lot of research about the American grain elevator. It was hard to come up with information that discussed aspects other than dust explosions and engineering. If you want to know about other aspects of the grain elevator, I would recomend this book. It also has great photographs!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Kendon on September 8, 2013
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Beautiful photographs and erudite text on the spare beauty of the 'empty' landscape of the Great Plains.
The photographs show how the imposition of agriculture and transport in the form of field and settlements patterns give an order and unintended poetry to the vast spaces between the MIdwest and the Rockies. And the text explains how that imposition came about and how it functions. A wonderfully crafted eulogy to a beautiful landscape.
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Besides the fine photographs, an excellent essay on landscape photography, and clear explanation of how grain elevators work.
Then there is the history article as well.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 13, 2000
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Frank Gohlke captures the landscape of mid-America like no other photographer has! You can see deep into the soul of farmland by looking at his photographs, which were taken with a large format camera.
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