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The Historian's Eye
The Historian's Eye
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The Historian's Eye

Photography, History, and the American Present
Matthew Frye Jacobson
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The Historian's Eye

Photography, History, and the American Present
Matthew Frye Jacobson
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Between 2009 and 2013, as the nation contemplatedthe historic election of Barack Obama andendured the effects of the Great Recession, Matthew Frye Jacobson set out with a camera to explore and document what was discernible to the "historian's eye" during this tumultuous period. Having collected several thousand images, Jacobson began to reflect on their raw, informal immediacy alongside the recognition that they comprised an archive of a moment with unquestionable historical significance. This book presents 100 images alongside Jacobson's recollections of their moments of creation and his understanding of how they link past, present, and future. The images reveal diverse expressions of civic engagement that are emblematic of the aspirations, expectations, promises, and failures of this period in American history. Myriad closed businesses and abandoned storefronts stand as public monuments to widespread distress; omnipresent, expectant Obama iconography articulates a wish for new national narratives; flamboyant street theater and wry signage bespeak a common impulse to talk back to power. Framed by an introductory essay, these images reflect the sober grace of a time that seems perilous, but in which "hope" has not ceased to hold meaning.

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Publisher
The University of North Carolina Press
Year
2019
ISBN
9781469649672
Topic
History
Subtopic
North American History

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