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New York Rises: Photographs by Eugene de Salignac Hardcover – April 1, 2007
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"A truly fascinating account of the exuberant growth that led to New York's reputation as a metropolitan capital." -- Tracy Hallett --B&W Magazine
"In the end, Salignac's city is quiet and serene, the clangor seemingly banished for the moment--a dream that only photography may conjure." -- Francis Morrone --The Wall Street Journal
"Some of the images may be familiar, but thanks to this collection New Yorkers can finally appreciate the photographer's extraordinary body of work and his unique vision of the city." --The New York Times
"His images have an odd beauty and, at times, a subversive wit." -- Michelle Preston --The New Yorker
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Along with the pictures are essays written by Michael Lorenzini, who is now a senior photographer at the NYC Department of Records/Municipal Archives, and by Kevin Moore, an accomplished writer in the history of photography.
I have seen some of these photographs before in various publications but never realized that these were only the tip of the iceberg, and that all of these pictures had been taken by the same individual.
Quite a number of the pictures show things that would be surprising to today's viewer. The Williamsburg Bridge for instance was equipped (in 1910) with a pair of electrically operated gates that worked to stop runaway horses on the bridge. Previously, the book says, there were an average of three runaways a month, usually fatal to the horses.
But if I could share one of photographer Eugene de Salignac's extraordinary shots with you, you'd be hooked. Just look at the book's cover, showcasing painters nonchalantly draped on the rigging of the Brooklyn Bridge. (They are described in THE NEW YORKER as looking like "the notes of a jazz riff playing above the skyline.")
Thanks and kudos to Michael Lorenzini, who scoured New York's Municipal Archives and looked over about twenty thousand glass negatives to compile this retrospective of de Salignac's work. The photographer had the opportunity to record the astounding construction in New York that took place in the first third of the 20th century. That means much of this material has to do with transportation, and so we are treated to vintage shot after shot of subway tunnels, ferries, bridges, and trolley lines, as well as landmarks like the Municipal Building.
An extraordinary career is retrieved from anonymity here, and Kevin Moore's notes do a good job of putting the images into context. Highly recommended.
Diane C. Donovan
This book gives a good sample of Eugene de Salignac's fine work.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very unique and interesting photos, especially for anyone who is interested in the history of New YorkPublished 14 months ago by Douglas B.
An elegant record of the rise of a great city; all captured at a time when photography was not a simple point-and-clickPublished on February 5, 2014 by Lois Beer
I purchased this for my great aunt who has lived in New York for 93.5 years. She has lost mobility but not memory. Read morePublished on May 30, 2013 by K. Gill
I saw an article about this man's work in a magazine a few years ago and was impressed by the photos. It happened that when I went to visit my daughter who lives in N.Y., The N.Y. Read morePublished on November 20, 2010 by g.
A work of great interest from three viewpoints: you-are-there history of Nrew York 1905-1935, architecture and engineering of bridges and buildings and striking photographs by an... Read morePublished on February 8, 2008 by J. William Davis
This is a wonderful book showcasing the beautiful work of an unknown city photographer. It documents an early New York City that few would have been able to see.Published on October 10, 2007 by W. McCarthy