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CAPTURING THE CITY: PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE STREETS OF ST. LOUIS, 1900-1930. Joseph Heathcott. Missouri History Museum, St. Louis, 2016. Distributed by University of Chicago Press. 312 pp. with 280 ills. 29 x 24 cm. ISBN 9781883982836 In English.
Publisher's description: During the first two decades of the twentieth century, the St. Louis Street Department generated one of the most extensive troves of photographs ever taken of the city. Ostensibly created to document municipal challenges and improvements, the images inadvertently captured richly detailed scenes of everyday life. Largely led by Charles Clement Holt (1866-1925), St. Louis's photography operation expanded until it produced about six thousand images per year in 1914. Many of these photographs were lost, but a city historian salvaged a collection of three hundred glass plate negatives in the 1950s, which are now in the Missouri Historical Society collections. This small, but superb, group of photographs provides a wealth of information on the visual culture of St. Louis during a period of rapid transformation. Capturing the City is the first book to examine these photographs, placing the people and landscapes depicted within the broader context of a swiftly urbanizing and industrializing metropolis. Collected and analyzed here by Joseph Heathcott and Angela Dietz, the compelling images in Capturing the City reveal the national trend among cities to use the camera as a documentary tool. Reformers Jacob Riis and Lewis Hine imagined the camera as a truth-telling instrument and used their photographs to mobilize public consciousness.
Indexing: Western — United States — 1900-1945 — Photography
Plans: 71,75,68
Worldwide Number: 082427
Hardcover $45.00    

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