Taking Place: Photographs from the Prentice and Paul Sack Collection

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Foreword by Neal Benezra; preface by Paul Sack; essays by Sandra S. Phillips and Alan Trachtenberg; additional contributions by Corey Keller and Douglas R. Nickel

242 pages, 10 ½ x 11 ½ inches, hardcover

Published in 2005

This lavishly illustrated volume examines photography’s complex role in documenting how the human hand has altered the natural landscape and, conversely, how the built environment continually shapes our perceptions of ourselves. The rare vintage photographs presented in this volume — all drawn from the remarkable holdings of Prentice and Paul Sack — generate a powerful sense of place through their distinctive locales and diverse sensibilities. From the invention of the medium to turn-of-the-century attitudes toward industrial progress, from the rise of the modern city to the notion of individual subjectivity within the public arena, this volume offers a fresh reading of nearly 150 years of photography.

Published on the occasion of the exhibition Taking Place: Photographs from the Prentice and Paul Sack Collection, held at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (June 2–September 6, 2005)

ISBN 0918471788 (hardcover)