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River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West

 
 
 
 
River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West
Author: Rebecca Solnit
ISBN 13: 9780142004104
ISBN 10: 142004103
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: 2004-03-02
Format: Paperback
Pages: 320
List Price: $18.00
 
 

Writer Rebecca Solnit offers an elegantly written, insightful discussion of the 19th-century technological, artistic, and social transformation of time and space, told through the life of photographer Eadweard Muybridge (1830-1904), whose fine photographs of the American West still astonish, and whose mastery for the first time of high-speed motion photography made movies possible. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

The Village Voice

Shadows could be a biography, but interspersed between the Muybridge sections is an argument about how capital transformed not only the American West, but the entire fabric of the modern world, from a place where place mattered to an environment without space or time. It is the measure of Solnit's graceful, thoughtful book that she finds in cinema a "breach in the wall between the past and the present" where machines and desires are reconciled.