Defining Images

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Since the invention of the camera, skilled photographers have made great contributions to the visual record of historic events. The books in Defining Images explore the titular event or era through the lens of these images and their creator or creators. The books examine how the images helped inform our understanding of the subject matter, as well as the impact the images had at the time and today. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Essential Library is an imprint of Abdo Publishing, a division of ABDO.

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Defining Images (4 titles)
Edward S. Curtis Chronicles Native Nations
Mathew Brady Records the Civil War
NASA Takes Photography into Space
William Williams Documents Ellis Island Immigrants
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Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 8
BISACS JNF041000, JNF018040, JNF025130
Genre Nonfiction
Subject History, Social Studies
Copyright 2018
Division Abdo Publishing
Imprint Essential Library
Language English
Number of Pages 112
Season 2017-09-01
ISBN 9781532110146, 9781680787993
Title Format Reinforced Library Bound Hardcovers, Anywhere eBooks
Graphics Historical photographs
Dimensions 9.75 x 8.5
Features Glossary of key words, Index, Informative sidebars, Primary-source text, Reviewed, and Table of contents
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Defining Images – Booklist Top 10 Series Nonfiction 2018

Iconic photographers who documented important moments in history are placed in front of the lens in this attractive series. While the value and artistry of their work is explored (including high-quality reproductions of their photographs), the text’s contemporary perspective doesn’t shy away from criticism.

Edward S. Curtis Chronicles Native Nations (Defining Images) - Booklist

STARRED The contemporary perspective, however, is truly illuminating, addressing what Curtis got wrong; the hypocritical attitudes of Curtis’ contemporaries, who idealized Native culture while simultaneously enacting policies that laid waste to Native lands and traditions; and how Curtis’ stunning but highly romanticized images have continued to produce misrepresentations of Native American groups. Other modern scholars, though, admire Curtis’ tenacity and sheer artistry, and the latter is nicely on display in the large-format reproductions of his original photos. A well-balanced, highly informative take on a lesser-known American icon.