Paper $28.00 ISBN: 9780935573435 Published April 2006


Western American Survey Photographs by Bell and O'Sullivan

Joel Snyder

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Joel Snyder

Distributed for Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago

With Contributions by Josh Ellenbogen
125 pages | 70 four-color illustrations | 10" x 8"
Paper $28.00 ISBN: 9780935573435 Published April 2006
Some of the most celebrated images of nineteenth-century American photography emerged from government-sponsored geological surveys whose purpose was to study and document western territories. Timothy H. O’Sullivan and William Bell, two survey photographers who joined expeditions in the 1860s and 1870s, opened the eyes of nineteenth-century Americans to the western frontier. 

Highlighting a recent Smart Museum of Art acquisition, One/Many brings together an exquisite group of photographs by Bell and O’Sullivan. Particularly noteworthy are their photographic panoramas, assemblages of individual images joined together to form a continuous, horizontal landscape view. These panoramas have not been exhibited in well over a century and have never before been published. For the first time, One/Many investigates their role and purpose both within and outside of the surveys, taking into account the larger context of nineteenth-century modes of viewing. The volume also allows the little-known Bell’s work to be better understood next to that of his more famous colleague.
Preface and Acknowledgments
Photography on the Western Surveys, Joel Snyder
Photographic Panoramas and Views, Joel Snyder
Inhuman Sight:  Photographs and Panoramas in the Nineteenth Century, Josh Ellenbogen
Material Practices:  Negatives in Collodion, Positives in Albumen, Joel Snyder
Checklist of the Exhibition
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