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A Window Back

Photography in a Whaling Port

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This unique portrait of New England’s yesterdays features vintage photographs from the New Bedford Whaling Museum collection. A Window Back recounts the history of photography in the New Bedford area between 1845 and 1920. It describes photographic processes and the cameras used, while painting an intimate portrait of a bygone era. 
“Each photograph captures a moment of time,” writes author Nicholas Whitman, “an angle of light, an expression or gesture. Together, these brief glimpses represent and illuminate our past, giving us a window back on time.” A Window Back features daguerreotypes, cyanotypes and more. Through these images we see the transformation of an old New England town into a bustling industrial city. Sail aboard wooden ships pursuing whales; banquet with Hawaiians and nestle among Eskimos. Enjoy the regattas on Buzzards Bay; and experience the architectural, and pastoral grandeur of the Old Dartmouth region.

A Window Back
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  • $11.99
  • Available on iPad, iPhone and Mac.
  • Category: United States
  • Published: Nov 01, 1994
  • Publisher: Spinner Publications Inc
  • Seller: Spinner Publications Inc.
  • Print Length: 179 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Version: 1.0
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iPad with iBooks 2 or later and iOS 5 or later, or an iPhone with iOS 8.4 or later, or a Mac with OS X 10.9 or later.

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