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School Library Journal Starred : "The action-packed narrative is enough to fascinate readers...offering a lively and immediate look at heroic figures like Fremont and more ordinary adventurers"
Publishers Weekly : "offers an informative snapshot of the West and the accomplishments of a little-known craftsman"
Booklist, ALA : "a great place to find primary-source material"
VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates) : "Photo Odysssey admirably adds to the record of westward exploration."
"Photo Odysssey admirably adds to the record of westward exploration."
In 1853 explorer Colonel John Charles Frémont invited photographer and fine artist Solomon Nunes Carvalho to accompany his fifth, and final, western expedition. As the official photographer, Carvalho documented the trip from the Mississippi River to Utah with daguerreotypes--a unique and often unwieldy form of photography that produces images on large silver plates. Carvalho was a skilled photographer, but he was a novice on the trail and he battled with the hardships of the journey. He not only was challenged by the physical strain but, as an observant Jew, struggled to maintain his commitment to Judaism, even when observing strict dietary laws meant that he did not eat. Carvalho's own words, from the journal he kept and from letters he wrote home to his wife, provide a vivid firsthand view of his remarkable adventure. With many apt excerpts from his descriptions, author Arlene Hirschfelder has written a detailed account of the life of this little-known, yet widely accomplished, man. EXPEDITION ROSTER, MAP, INDEX.
Card catalog description
Describes the life of Carvalho, a Jewish photographer who accompanied John Charles Fremont on his last expedition to the West.
About the Author
Arlene Hirschfelder has written several award-winning books, primarily about American Indians. She lives in Teaneck, NJ.