Picturing an Exhibition: The Family of Man and 1950s America
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Eric Sandeen presents here the first in-depth study of the exhibit and its influence worldwide. He examines how the exhibit came to be assembled, the beliefs and background Edward Steichen brought to the project, and what he wanted to show about the human condition from his selection of images. He then looks at the politics and culture of the 1950s to determine why the show was so popular at the time. When the United States Information Agency toured the photographs throughout the world in five different versions for seven years, The Family of Man became a symbol for and projection of American values and the culture of abundance.
The richness and historical complexity of this exhibit have been overlooked, especially in the post-Vietnam decades, as critics have been quick to dismiss it as sentimental. Sandeen shows the exhibit to be a great deal more than a compendium of beautiful but unchallenging photographs. He also unfolds its multilayered relationship with and reflection of the values of postwar America.
Umschlagtext: Examines a major photography exhibit and its connections with the politics and culture of the 1950s, and how the U.S.I.A. used it to project a view of American culture abroad.
Titel: Picturing an Exhibition: The Family of Man ...
Verlag: Univ of New Mexico Pr
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