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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Museum of New Mexico Press/Published in association with the Center for American Places; Har/DVD edition (October 6, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0890134324
  • ISBN-13: 978-0890134320
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 12.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,107,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Third Views, Second Sights makes photographs of historic American western landscapes in light of the dynamic nature of and changes to the landscape witnessed since the nineteenth century when the great expeditionary photographers—William Henry Jackson, T. H. O’Sullivan, and William Bell—first photographed for the geological and geographical surveys that became the benchmarks for change and continuity as well as for ways of seeing and representation. The Rephotographic Survey Project, led by chief photographer Mark Klett, revisited and rephotographed these nineteenth-century sites during the late 1970s, resulting in the monumental book Second View: The Rephotographic Survey Project (University of New Mexico Press), presenting 120 pairs of photographs separated by a century of change. Two decades later, Klett organized a new survey team to rephotographic 110 sites, assembling the first-view icons of early American photography with second views that explored how these nineteenth-century images were made while documenting a century of change, and, third views that further record a changing landscape in light of a new generation’s visual sensibilities.

Third Views, Second Sights presents forty-three pairings from the third survey, documenting two periods of geologic and environmental changes while exploring changing human perceptions of landscape.

About the Author

Mark Klett is an associate professor of art at Arizona State University and the author of Revealing Territory: Photography of the Southwest (UNM Press) and the photographer of The Black Rock Desert.



William L. Fox is the author of View Finder: Mark Klett, Photography, and the Reinvention of Landscape (UNM Press).

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 26, 2005
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This is one of those rare collections of photographs that makes visual the question "Remember when...?". Photographer/historian Mark Klett has produced a second book that addresses locations in the western United States initially photographed in the 19th century by such important photographers as William Bell, William Henry Jackson, and T. H. O'Sullivan. His first book 'Second View: The Rephotographic Survey Project' (a project supported by the University of New Mexico) was published in the 1970's and paired contemporary photographs of sites in the Western US with photographs by the above mentioned photographers. Now he and his fellow photographers - Kyle Bajakian, William L. Fox, Michael Marshall, Toshi Ueshina, and Byron G. Wolfe - have again photographed the same sites (hence the title) and the resultant photographs are stunning.

In this volume the three time periods of the three photographs in these 43 sets of 110 sites not only document physical and environmental changes: they speak loudly about man's intervention with nature and as such this book is on hallowed ground. Not only for the beauty of the design and photographic content should this book be widely read and collected, but also it should remind us of the sanctity of the planet on which we live. Highly recommended. Grady Harp, August 05
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Another beautiful photography book to inspire the artist with considered images and to interest the reader with meaningful historical context. Mark Klett has a way of drawing you in to his way of seeing history and to experience history by immersing yourself in its physicality.

As long as serious and engaging artists create works such as this, physical books will certainly never go away.
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Mark Klett is one of the most brilliant minds out there in any of the arts. Here he has collaborated with the dearly departed to give us a lovely compendium regarding how the West had gone through transformations of various sorts out in God's Country. Thank you, once again (again and again and again), Mark!
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By Justin Henry on May 15, 2009
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I have been so pleased to purchase all three of the Mark Klett books that I wanted for such an amazing price. I was going to buy from B&N but their one book was more than half of the three books that I bought from the JUNGLE. Thanks Amazon and super fast free shipping as always.
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This is one of my fav photo books, and I really love the interactive CD. If you like large format photography this book is especially interesting. The printing is really nice and the book is sturdy which is nice for a book you look at a lot.
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