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Folk Photography: The American Real-Photo Postcard, 19051930 Paperback – November 2, 2009
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FOLK PHOTOGRAPHY contains about 120 RPPCs from the collection of Luc Sante, who, somewhat surprisingly for a fellow from Wallonia (the predominantly French-speaking southern part of Belgium), has made a career of sorts in what might generally be called Americana, including the fringes of popular American photography. Sante began collecting RPPCs around 1980, and he chose these 120 from his collection of about 2500 cards as representative of the genre. There are RPPCs of natural disasters (principally floods and fires); small-town street-scenes; pageants and parades; river baptisms; automobile-, train-, and even plane-wrecks; and numerous portraits of everyday people.Read more ›
The variation in imagery is tremendous: a simple portrait of a plumber holding a toilet and tools, strange locations for animals as in pigs on a sidewalk, obviously staged scenes with cutout props as in 'Paper Moon', religious acts, fires and their management by the local firemen, still lifes of death (photographic reliquaries) such as images of the deceased laid to rest in coffins, etc. The emotions these images touch are the spectrum of human interest, from humor to devastation. But it seems that Luc Sante is less interested in the recalling of these times than he is in substantiating these postcards as an important hiatus in the history of photographic art that began with the invention of the camera, then passed to the accessibility of this recorder of human events to the common people, to becoming a means of studying the development of America's progress into and within the industrial age.Read more ›
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I love this book. It gets me enthused about collecting. It feeds my addiction to antique and vintage Folk PhotographyPublished 22 months ago by T. Porter
Only one thing spoils this book and it is Mr Sante's insistence on seeing everything though American eyes. Read morePublished on April 7, 2013 by flashman
the book is in a good condition. but I do not like the book at all. it is so boring, and the pictures in it are not beautiful. Read morePublished on March 26, 2012 by lazy.