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Russell Lee Photographs: Images from the Russell Lee Photograph Collection at the Center for American History (Focus on American History) Hardcover – March 1, 2007

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"Lee's quietly passionate images are masterful works. They set a high standard for a kind of reflective journalism that reminds us that a fine artist may tell you most about himself when he focuses on others." (Steve Satterwhite The Texas Observer 2007-03-23)

About the Author

JOHN SZARKOWSKI is former director of photography at the Museum of Modern Art and author of the classic work Looking at Photographs: 100 Pictures from the Collection of the Museum of Modern Art.

J. B. COLSON is Professor Emeritus of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.

The photographs were selected and arranged by Linda Peterson, Head of Photographic and Digital Archives at the Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin, which houses the Russell Lee Photograph Collection.

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  • Series: Focus on American History
  • Hardcover: 252 pages
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press (March 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0292714998
  • ISBN-13: 978-0292714991
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #838,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robin Benson on June 25, 2007
Format: Hardcover
A wonderful large format and beautifully produced book of 140 photos by Russell Lee made more worthy because 101 of them have not been published together in book form. Lee is rightly famous for his FSA work though none of that output is included here. Instead there are photos from the Texas political scene from 1935 to 1965, Italy in 1960 (where he did a portfolio of work commissioned by the Texas Quarterly) and Saudi Arabia in 1955. The majority of the photos are of the US with plenty showing small town life.

I'm not convinced that the absence of FSA work was a wise editorial choice, clearly this aspect of his career has been well documented in other books but perhaps in this one there could have been a chapter devoted to Lee's extensive 1940 work in Pie Town, New Mexico. The photos of this small town seem to be the high point of his career, also he was experimenting with color at this time (seventeen shots are shown in Bound for Glory: America in Color 1939-43 and I hope some publisher would consider a book just on Lee's Pie Town photos.

'Russell Lee Photographs' compares very favorably with Jack Hurley's 1978 Russell Lee, Photographer though the reproduction, with 250+dpi gives a much better showing than the 200dpi used in the Hurley book, which has 121 photos and a more comprehensive biography of Lee.

Both books celebrated the work of a dedicated humanist photographer whose creativity will equally stimulate your heart and mind.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Geronimo on November 1, 2012
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A great thief of a photographer, worth stealing from yourself. Book gave me a reminder that there are "no limits". This guy is the American picture taker with a flash! He came from money, so he had "access", particularly around the presidents of the US when they were around Texas. The book misses saying enough about his equipment, but the San Marco University of Texas has the whole list, but not on line. Gotta ask them. John Svarkowski (sic.) has some stuff in this book too, and the columns are the most readable size and width.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jack Combs on June 10, 2007
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Russell Lee was one of the group of photographers that were assembled by the government during the Great

Depression to document and publicize the poverty that had hit the heart of the nation, and the ways - through

various federal programs - those that were hurting the worst could be helped. Today, that group, which included Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, Marion Post Wolcott, Eudora Welty and many others who worked for the Farm Security Administration and other agencies, has been recognized as perhaps the greatest collection of documentary photographers ever gathered. Russell Lee was one of many, some of whom became much more famous, but who was recognized by them as perhaps the best. This collection strengthens that

reputation as the best of the best. He wasn't fancy, and took what he saw - he did not pose subjects for his

camera, but shot the truth. This book covers not only the Depression years, but continues with photographs in other countries, politics and of course, his chosen home state of Texas. This book is getting a lot of attention - well deserved. Center For American History and University of Texas, Hardcover, with over 140 b/w photographs, some never previously published.
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By Matthew J. on November 1, 2014
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