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Strange Days Dangerous Nights: Photos From the Speed Graphic Era Hardcover – October 15, 2004
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This book takes a different view from those historical photographic compilations of the NY Times, or LA Times or the Chicago Tribune, even AP. The photogs at St Paul did not get a chance to shoot the Hindenburg; but they did have plenty of chances to shoot snow storms, floods, and local queens of every sort. They did it with aplomb, and Larry Millett does a wonderful job writing about it, and an even better job of photo editing.
As a current photographer at the St PaulPioneer Press; I am blown away by the work of these guys. Really. I just never knew what these guys did on a daily basis--now I do, and I respect my profession even more.
The photos in the eight chapters show an intriguing look back to life in the city from 1945 to 1965, plenty of crime scene stuff (a few are very graphic if your are worried about seeing such photos) but also the regular city newspaper fare, celebrities, civic functions, public gatherings, kids having fun and plenty of sports coverage. An interesting chapter covers the changing face of St Paul, as old buildings are torn down to be replaced with new commercial units and suburbs.
Larry Millet does an excellent job of captioning the two hundred photos (mostly one to a page) not just a few words but two hundred or so for each image and his intro is a succinct review of the importance of news photos to local and city papers across America decades ago. Books about such photos from this period do rather concentrate on sensational crime and blood because they are mostly missing from today's papers. Millett explains that back then the press and the police enjoyed a cosy relationship and mostly didn't ask too many awkward questions about the police version of events. The papers got access to crime scenes for graphic photos and the cops had their faces in the morning editions for fighting crime. TV covers it all today but really gets no closer than the yellow crime-scene tape.Read more ›
My brother was a photographer at one of the colleges in St. Paul and he used a Speed Graphic camera. He often followed fire trucks and squad cars around the streets of St. Paul and took equally fascinating photos. He sent me this book as a gift and I have not been able to set it down. The cover photo alone is worth the price of the book.
The book covers the use of photos and how they where touched up to enhance the photo and therefore enhance the story. All photo's are in black and white.
We have all seen a lot of these images from New York, but not from many other places.
This is well-worthwhile reading for those interested in the style and content of press photography in past years.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loaned out my first copy I had a long time ago and haven't gotten it back but couldn't remember to who. I'm very happy I have another one now. I absolutely love this book! Read morePublished 18 months ago by Clinefishantq
I am shocked at how the printed media was more "free" back in the mid 20th century than what it is today in terms of photojournalism. Read morePublished on September 4, 2009 by B. M Phillip
Not just for people from the Twin Cities! I'm a native New Yorker and I really enjoyed it! This coffee-table sized book is filled with some of the best photo reproductions you'll... Read morePublished on December 11, 2008 by electricamerman
Just a GREAT book! Great photos and written very well! A good mix of shocking and light hearted pictures.Published on November 19, 2006 by P. H. Johannsen
Larry Millett has put together so many amazing books on the history of the Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Strange Days, Dangerous Nights is my favorite. Read morePublished on August 7, 2006 by A. Glebus