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Winner of the Shadows Eadweard Epub #181 National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism and the Mark Lynton History Prize Through River of eBook #182 the story of the pioneering photographer Eadweard Muybridge the author of Recollections of My Nonexistenceexplores what it was of Shadows Eadweard PDF #10003 about California in the late th century that enabled it to become such a center of technological and. I read MsSolnit's book after learning that it had inspired actordirector Gary Oldman to write a screenplay called Flying Horse with an eye toward directing the film about photo pioneer Eaweard Muybridge RIVER OF SHADOWS is a meandering but thoughtfully entertaining journey through the energetic sometimes tragic life of Eaweard Muybridge whose motion study images were midwife to modern cinema Solnit grandly sets the stage of Muybridge's era and how the lure of the early photographic process gave the Englishman a new career and a fresh start His whole hearted embrace of the burgeoning technology continues to impact us and our perception of time via motion pictures and all forms of emerging visual media The book title's reference to the technological wild west is so appropriate by guiding us through the historical cloud of dust kicked up by an America of the late 1800s with its growing railroads vanishing cowboys and struggling native tribes to reveal how science was a significant part of the rough and tumble mix
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River of Shadows Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild WestY of Muybridgewho in succeeded in capturing high speed motion photographicallybecomes a lens for a larger story about the acceleration of Shadows Eadweard Muybridge and Epuband industrialization of everyday life Solnit shows how the peculiar freedoms and opportunities of postCivil War California led directly to the two industriesHollywood and Silicon Valleythat have most powerfully defined contemporary socie. This book connects E Muybridge to history from the beginnings of photography to present day cinema In the process it provides a concise overview of American history and the American experience I found this to be easy to read as it is well written and full of facts that I either had forgotten or never knew For anyone interested in the history of photography this is a 'must read'