An American Odyssey
Calling all photography and American history aficionados! Listen up, for you might be interested in a new book just published by Taschen. We would love to carry it at HG’s but, alas, it is not published in the U.S. which is unfortunate since it contains the very first color photographs taken of the United States. The postcard images, produced by the Detroit Photography Company from 1888-1924, gave Americans, especially those who were not travelers, a chance to see…. many for the first time….. the vivid colors of their native landscape. From the rich ochre and golden browns of the Grand Canyon to the sparkling dazzle of turn-of-the century Atlantic City; from the last of the great plains cowboys to the vibrant immigrant settlements of New York City, these images offered the viewer an opportunity to relish in the guts and the glory of the United States.
Still as remarkable as they must have been 120 years ago, the original postcards from the private collection of the photographer and collector, Marc Walter are now available in the 600 page book, An American Odyssey ,complete with historical anecdotes by Sabine Arque and fold-out spreads.
Check out some of the images on www.theatlanticcities.com/2014/05/when-america-first-saw-itself-color/