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Lawrence Engel and the Progressive Landscape


Lawrence Engel and the Progressive Landscape

Toohey, John (2014) Lawrence Engel and the Progressive Landscape. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Lawrence Engel took an estimated ten thousand photographs in Nevada between the 1930s and his death in 1953, which he published as real photo postcards. These images provide a substantial record of physical and cultural developments in the state, during an era marked by the construction of highways and the politics of the New Deal. As with other postcard photographers, Engel’s work has been overlooked within histories of photography, particularly pertaining to the history of landscape photography. Bringing his work into this history provides us with an alternative to the standard narrative. Furthermore, we can trace a hitherto unrecognized influence upon later developments in the genre, so much so that to leave a photographer such as Engel out of it is to have an incomplete picture.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Art History
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Toohey, John
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Art History
Date:15 April 2014
Thesis Supervisor(s):Langford, Martha
Keywords:photography, vernacular photography, Nevada Photo Service, Lawrence Engel, real photo postcards, landscape photography
ID Code:978498
Deposited On:26 Jun 2014 14:39
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:47



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