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Picturing Utopia: Bertha Shambaugh and the Amana Photographersby Abigail Foerstner
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More than a hundred years ago, Bertha Shambaugh set out to photograph the Amana Colonies, the utopian religious community twenty miles northwest of Iowa City. Following her example, several Amana members ignored their community's prohibition against photography and took up cameras to record the people and events around them. Picturing Utopia celebrates their artistic vision and offers a rare glimpse into a 19th-century religious utopia, providing an unbroken photographic record beginning with Shambaugh's work in the 1890s and continuing through the Colonies' transition to mainstream American life with the Great Change in 1932.Abigail Foerstner, whose great uncle was one of the Amana photographers included in this book, brings together this stunning collection of photographs along with the stories of the photographers who took them. Together the pictures and text fill in an untold chapter in American photographic history and provide an insider's view of life in Amana.
A collection of period photographs of the Amana Colonies, a utopian religious community located near Iowa City, furnishes a rare, inside glimpse of the people, events, and lifestyle of a nineteenth-century religious commune, in a photographic record that ranges from the work of Bertha Shambaugh in the 1890s to the group's transition to mainstream life in 1932. Reprint.
Foerstner's collection offers a rare glimpse into the Amana Colonies, a utopian religious community of the 1890s. "Like a time machine, the photographs in "Picturing Utopia" carry us back to a wondrous Iowa experiment in creating a kinder, more spiritual way of life."--Jon Anderson, "Chicago Tribune." 81 photos.
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