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The New Forty-Ninersby Sarina Finkelstein
Synopses & Reviews
Shot over four years, The New Forty-Niners documents the new wave of gold prospectors who have rushed to California 160 years after the original Gold Rush of 1849. The tactile and earthy photographs show the gamblers, the adventurers, the desperate, and the young-at-heart in their camps and on claims spread across this magnificently wild landscape. The elemental rugged life of these passionate and obsessive individuals is juxtaposed with gold souvenir shops, bars, and motels celebrating the mining history of The Golden State.
Texts are by Pulitzer Prize-nominated reporter Kevin Fagan (San Francisco Chronicle) and British photo critic Lucy Davies (The Telegraph).
These photographs of modern-day gold prospectors in California make the Wild West come alive
About the Author
Sarina Finkelstein (b. 1981, Columbia, MO) has had solo shows at the Weitman Gallery in St. Louis, and Newspace Center for Photography in Portland. Her work has been featured in Smithsonian, The London Daily Telegraphand#8217;s SEVEN, Amica, Fluter, on The New York Timesand#8217; Lens, TIME.com, NPR. org, Discover Magazineand#8217;s Visual Science and Photo District Newsand#8217; Photo of the Day. She was selected as an American Photography 29 Chosen Winner and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Lucy Davies writes about photography and visual arts for The Telegraph. In 2009 she created and now edits and#145;telephotoand#8217;, their online project devoted to art and documentary photography. She is also contributing critic to a number of art, photography and interiors magazines.
Kevin Fagan is a veteran newspaper reporter and editor who writes for the San Francisco Chronicle and grew up in California and Nevada , where his family has longtime roots in the gold and copper mining industry. He specializes in the American West, homeless and poverty issues, in-depth feature stories and breaking news. Nominated several times for the Pulitzer Prize, his awards include the national James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism and Best of the West, and in 2006-07 he was a John Knight Fellow at Stanford University.
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