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West and West: Reimagining the Great Plains (Center Books on the American West)

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The Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 officially opened the Great Plains to westward settlement, and the public survey of 1855 by Charles A. Manners and Joseph Ledlie along the Sixth Principal Meridian established the grid by which the uncharted expanse of the Great Plains was brought into scale. The mechanical act performed by land surveyors is believed by photographer Joe Deal to be powerfully similar to the artistic act of making a photograph.To Deal, both acts are about establishing a frame around a vast scene that suggests no definite boundaries of its own.  Thus, when approaching his own photographs of the Great Plains, Deal viewed his photography as a form of reenactment, a method of understanding how it felt to contain the Great Plains in smaller, more measurable units.

 

In West and West, Deal, who was born and raised in Kansas, revisited the Kansas-Nebraska territory and applied his photographic understanding of the landscape grid and horizon line to illuminate the sense of infinite space that transcends the reality of the survey. As Deal writes in his concluding essay: “If the square, as employed in the surveys of public lands, could function like a telescope, framing smaller and smaller sections of the plains down to a transect, it can also be used as a window, equilaterally divided by the horizon, that begins with a finite section of the earth and sky and restores them in the imagination to the vastness that now exists as an idea: the landscape that is contained within the perfect symmetry of the square implies infinity.”

 

The stunning photographs in West and West present the Great Plains from a rare perspective. From this vantage point, Deal is able to distill and contemplate its expanse.

 

 

About the Author

Joe Deal was born in 1947 in Topeka, Kansas. He is the provost of the Rhode Island School of Design. Deal has been awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship and two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships and his work is included in numerous museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the J. Paul Getty Trust, Los Angeles; and the International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House, Rochester.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781935195009
Author:
Deal, Joe
Publisher:
Center for American Places
Afterword by:
Salvesen, Britt
Afterword:
Salvesen, Britt
Subject:
General
Subject:
Great plains
Subject:
Landscape photography - Great Plains
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
United States - State & Local - West
Subject:
World History-General
Subject:
General Photography
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Center for American Places - Center Books on American Places
Publication Date:
20091131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
51 duotones, 3 maps
Pages:
112
Dimensions:
11 x 10 in

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