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The Resource Acting out : cabinet cards and the making of modern photography, edited by John Rohrbach ; with Erin Pauwels, Britt Salvesen, and Fernanda Valverde

Acting out : cabinet cards and the making of modern photography, edited by John Rohrbach ; with Erin Pauwels, Britt Salvesen, and Fernanda Valverde

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Acting out : cabinet cards and the making of modern photography
Title
Acting out
Title remainder
cabinet cards and the making of modern photography
Statement of responsibility
edited by John Rohrbach ; with Erin Pauwels, Britt Salvesen, and Fernanda Valverde
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Language
eng
Summary
"Cabinet cards were America's main format for photographic portraiture through last three decades of the nineteenth century. Standardized at 6 1/2-by-4 1/4-inches, they were just large enough to reveal extensive detail, leading to the incorporation of elaborate poses, backdrops, and props. Inexpensive and sold by the dozen, they transformed getting one's portrait made from a formal event taken up once or twice in a lifetime into a commonplace practice shared with friends. The cards reinforced middle class Americans' sense of family. They allowed people to show off their material achievements and comforts, and the best cards projected an informal immediacy that encouraged viewers feel emotionally connected with those portrayed. The phenomenon even led sitters to act out before the camera. By making photographs an easygoing fact of life, the cards set the root for the snapshot and even today's photo sharing. This first-ever in-depth examination of the cabinet card phenomena, assembled by Dr. John Rohrbach, senior curator of photographs at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, takes the form of a major travelling exhibition and book. The project finds its roots in the work of New York City photography Napoleon Sarony who, starting in the 1860s, made cabinet cards his central tool for marketing the stars of the day. The project reveals how in reaction to the cards' ubiquity, photographers across the United States worked assiduously to set their businesses apart through use of elaborate, often incongruous, backdrops, overlays, and promotional advertising printed on both sides of the cards. It highlights how the cards transformed photography from a formal event into an avenue for personal expression where sitters took full advantage of photography's realism while openly playing with the medium's believability. In short, cabinet cards made photography modern. Essays by Rohrbach, Salvesen, and Pauwels address how cabinet cards reflected and encouraged the wide embrace of photography (Rohrbach), an in-depth essay on California photographer R. J. Arnold, who built a successful small-town business on the cabinet card (Salvesen), and an essay on New York City photographer Napoleon Sarony's innovative efforts using his patented Posing Apparatus"--
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Acting out (Oakland, Calif.)
Dewey number
770.74
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government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
TR680
LC item number
.A37 2020
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • bibliography
  • catalogs
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  • Rohrbach, John
  • Pauwels, Erin Kristl
  • Salvesen, Britt
  • Valverde, Fernanda
  • Amon Carter Museum of American Art
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art
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  • Sarony, Napoleon
  • Cabinet photographs
  • Photography
  • Sarony, Napoleon
  • PHOTOGRAPHY / History
  • Cabinet photographs
  • Photography
  • United States
Label
Acting out : cabinet cards and the making of modern photography, edited by John Rohrbach ; with Erin Pauwels, Britt Salvesen, and Fernanda Valverde
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Publication
Note
Published to accompany an exhibition at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, June 27 - September 20, 2020 and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, November 1 - April 18, 2021
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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  • still image
  • text
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  • txt
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  • rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : making photography modern / John Rohrbach -- The art of not posing : Napoleon Sarony and the cultivation of pictorial effect in American cabinet cards / Erin Pauwels -- Second-class operators, first-class work : the business of cabinet card photography / Britt Salvesen -- Acting out / John Rohrbach -- Technical remarks on photographic materials used for cabinet card portraiture / Fernanda Valverde
Control code
MSTDDAPRINT1119616889
Dimensions
29 cm
Extent
231 pages
Isbn
9780520306684
Lccn
2019038481
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
chiefly illustrations
Label
Acting out : cabinet cards and the making of modern photography, edited by John Rohrbach ; with Erin Pauwels, Britt Salvesen, and Fernanda Valverde
Publication
Note
Published to accompany an exhibition at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, June 27 - September 20, 2020 and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, November 1 - April 18, 2021
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • still image
  • text
Content type code
  • sti
  • txt
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : making photography modern / John Rohrbach -- The art of not posing : Napoleon Sarony and the cultivation of pictorial effect in American cabinet cards / Erin Pauwels -- Second-class operators, first-class work : the business of cabinet card photography / Britt Salvesen -- Acting out / John Rohrbach -- Technical remarks on photographic materials used for cabinet card portraiture / Fernanda Valverde
Control code
MSTDDAPRINT1119616889
Dimensions
29 cm
Extent
231 pages
Isbn
9780520306684
Lccn
2019038481
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
chiefly illustrations

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