Picturing America: Photography and the Sense of Place argues that photography is a prevalent practice of making American places. Its collected essays epitomize not only how pictures situate us in a specific place, but also how they create a sense of such mutable place-worlds. Understanding photographs as prime sites of knowledge production and advocates of socio-political transformations, a transnational set of scholars reveals how images enact both our perception and conception of American environments. They investigate the power photography yields in shaping our ideas of self, nation, and empire, of private and public space, through urban, landscape, wasteland and portrait photography. The volume radically reconfigures how pictures alter the development of American places in the past, present, and future.
Kerstin Schmidt Ph.D. (Freiburg 2005) and P.D. (Munich 2010), is Professor of English and Chair of American Studies at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Germany.
Julia Faisst, Ph.D. (Harvard University 2009), is Assistant Professor of American Studies at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Germany.
Table of contents
List of Figures
Introduction: Picturing America: Photography and the Sense of Place
Kerstin Schmidt and Julia Faisst 1 From Sewers to Selfies: The Evolution of Photographs into Infrastructure
Mitchell Schwarzer 2 Nowhere, Now Here: Lee Friedlander’s
Self Portrait and the National Ground
Shamoon Zamir 3 Photography, Revision, and the City in Henry James’s New York Edition and Alvin Langdon Coburn’s London
Emily Setina 4 Gogol + Nikhil = Nikon? Power, Place, and Photography in Jhumpa Lahiri’s
The Namesake Michael Wutz 5 Relations to the Real: The Fugitive Documentary of Stan Douglas and James Casebere
Kerstin Schmidt 6 Waste Landscapes: Photographing the Course of Empire
Miles Orvell 7 Wear Your Shelter: Climate Change Photography and Mary Mattingly’s Nomadographies
Julia Faisst 8 At Home: The Visual Culture of Privacy
Joseph Imorde 9 Pictorialism in the American West and Regionalism Writ-Large
Rachel McLean Sailor 10 The Governing Eye: Heart Mountain through the Lens of War Relocation Authority and Bureau of Reclamation Photographs
Eric J. Sandeen 11 Over Here, Over There, Down Below: American Photographers Confront the Great War
David M. Lubin 12 Remapping the Geography of Class: Photography, Protest, and the Politics of Space in the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign
Katharina Fackler 13 The Power of Place in Holocaust Postmemory Photography
Bettina Lockemann 14 Non-Places: Stone Quarries Near Eichstaett
Hubert P. Klotzeck
All scholars of photography, American Studies, art history, film and media studies, cultural studies, history; academic and public libraries, post-/undergraduate students, teachers, photographers, educated laymen interested in photography and place.