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Early Days in the Adirondacks: The Photographs of Seneca Ray Stoddard
by Seneca Ray Stoddard
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams 1997
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This is the first book to present the work of Seneca Ray Stoddard, whose hauntingly beautiful black-and-white images perfectly capture the Adirondack region of New York State during its heyday as a bucolic retreat in the late 19th century.Stoddard was the first important photographer to document the landscape and people of the Adirondacks. His images depict not only the softly rounded peaks, mirrored lakes, and pine-decked groves of the Hudson Valley region but also the great hunting camps and vast colonnaded hotels. Here, too, are grizzled mountain men, bewhiskered guides, and the legions of fashionable ladies, wilderness adventurers, and vacationers who ventured each summer from cities hundreds of miles away to experience a wild and beautiful America that was even then rapidly disappearing.Jeanne Winston Adler is a longtime resident of New York State who has written two histories of the area. In this long-awaited study, she traces Stoddards life as a decorative painter, photographer, and lecturer, exploring the psychological content of his art and his links with the luminist painters. A foreword by John Wilmerding, Sarofim Professor of American Art at Princeton University, sets Stoddard's work in context.

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