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New Mexico: Then & Now Hardcover – October 1, 2003
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Mr. Stone writes about how some of the locations have changed a great deal, some not so much, many he could get to (or at least close enough) to duplicate exactly but others he had to do what he could to approximate the original shot. He doesn't say much about what he used for equipment other than some very tall ladders or tripods, no film details, not much camera information either.
I found that some things have changed a great deal while it appears some would look almost the same today to the original photographer as the original shot did.
I wish the author had included a town by town index as well as the regional listing, if you know the name of a town but are unsure of it's location you wll have to search each section for it- assuming it is there.
This is a very fascinating book, I'd like to go see many of these locations myself.
The photographer William Stone, and the regional planner, Jerold Widdison teamed up on this project designed to illustrate the change in the New Mexican landscape over the period of a century or so. They are a good team, with Widdison handling most of the narrative, and Stone meticulously attempting to find the same site from which old photos were taken, and then taking an updated view under optimum conditions. The concept for the project is straightforward; the execution flawless.
There are roughly 250 pictures; almost all are the paired "then and now." The best examples of the contrast are displayed in the format of one photo to a page; most are displayed two photos to a page, and in a few cases, there are several paired photos on a page. Widdison writes concise narratives with each photo. The book includes a meaningful preface and afterword, with historic photo credits.
I found of particular interest the views of the Montezuma Hotel in Las Vegas; the ball field in Madrid; James Dean on Cootes hill, in Columbus, the site of the attack by Pancho Villa in 1916; and the startling difference, and difficulty (due to the trees) of photographing the Old Town square and San Felipe de Neri church right here in Albuquerque. And there is the matter of the "photo not taken." Perhaps the most famous photo ever taken in this state is Ansel Adam's "Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico, 1941." Why not an update? Alas, William Stone did not have a crying towel, or, as he circumspectly describes the situation in his preface: "New layers have accumulated on top of the old. A highway maintenance shed partially screens the adobe church from view. Metal has reshaped its roofline, and a chain-link fence encloses the cemetery." He concludes on a more cheerful note: "But beyond the village, the mountains and the vast sky still wait for another moonrise." My only criticism of the book is that he should have taken the picture anyway!
An essential book for your library. Certainly 5-stars.