River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West

River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West


By (author) Rebecca Solnit

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 211mm x 15mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 2 March 2004
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0142004103
  • ISBN 13: 9780142004104
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 134,349

Product description

The world as we know it today began in California in the late 1800s, and Eadweard Muybridge had a lot to do with it. This striking assertion is at the heart of Rebecca Solnit s new book, which weaves together biography, history, and fascinating insights into art and technology to create a boldly original portrait of America on the threshold of modernity. The story of Muybridge who in 1872 succeeded in capturing high-speed motion photographically becomes a lens for a larger story about the acceleration and industrialization of everyday life. Solnit shows how the peculiar freedoms and opportunities of post Civil War California led directly to the two industries Hollywood and Silicon Valley that have most powerfully defined contemporary society."

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Author information

Rebecca Solnit is the author of numerous books, including "Hope in the Dark," "River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West," "Wanderlust: A History of Walking," and "As Eve Said to the Serpent: On Landscape, Gender, and Art," which was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism. In 2003, she received the prestigious Lannan Literary Award.

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One finds it hard to remember what things looked like before this book appeared in the world. The New York Times Book Review The imagery of a poet, the ideas of a theoretician, the rhythm of a thoroughbred and the force of a Southern Pacific locomotive. San Francisco Chronicle"

Table of contents

River of ShadowsThe Annihilation of Time and Space The Man with the Cloudy Skies Lessons of the Golden Spike Standing on the Brink Lost River A Day in the Life, Two Deaths, More Photographs Skinning the City Stopping Time The Artist in Motion and at Rest From the Center of the World to the Final Frontier Chronology Notes Acknowledgments Photograph Credits Index