All photographs are historical photographs. Whether they existed for seconds or millennia before the shutter clicks, the objects in the frame all have a history. Without knowing that history, photographs can become dead objects, untethered in time and space. The author uses contemporary photographs of Tulare County and archival and contemporary photographs of F Ranch in Point Reyes to show how the history of a landscape is revealed.
Instant, Insistent History: Photographs by Jesse White
Richard White is a historian specializing in the history of the American West, environmental history, and Native American history at Stanford University. He has twice been a Pulitzer Prize finalist.
Jesse White is a California photographer.
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Richard White; Instant, Insistent History: Photographs by Jesse White. Boom 1 June 2015; 5 (2): 4–11. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2015.5.2.4
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