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At First Sight: Photography and the Smithsonian 
 
  
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Hardcover 
288 pages 
Smithsonian Institution Press 
Published 2003 
  
About the Author 
  
Merry A. Foresta is senior curator of photography at the Smithsonian Institution. Her previous books include Perpetual Motif: The Photography of Man Ray.  
  
 
  
Book Description 
  
The first full look into the Smithsonian's 700 extraordinary photographic collections.  
  
 
  
Photography and the Smithsonian were invented at the same time, and both were instrumental in revealing the modern world to itself. The Smithsonian holds more than 13 million images spanning over 150 years of taking and collecting photographs. This largely unknown body of photography (most have never before been published) represents nothing less than the Smithsonian's effort, in the name of all Americans, to describe and comprehend the world.  
  
 
  
Open anywhere in these pages to be plunged in the history of our modernity, and see what the Smithsonian deemed important to document and preserve. The famous, the infamous, and the never-before-seen are here in a remarkable "democracy of images": Amelia Earhart, Abraham Lincoln, P.T. Barnum and Tom Thumb, John Brown, Frederick Douglass, Lucille Ball, Greta Garbo, Babe Ruth; the earliest views of the moon and the earliest panoramic view of Damascus; rare Native American photography; views of Asia, Africa, and the American West; photographs of early flight, and much, much more. By recording the act of seeing, and of what was seen, both photography and the Smithsonian have shaped our sense of ourselves, as individuals, as a people, as a country. 82 color photographs, 195 duotones, 2 gatefolds.
 
  
 
 
  
 
  
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