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After the Ruins, 1906 and 2006 Rephotographing the San Francisco Earthquake and Fire

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ISBN-10: 0520245563

ISBN-13: 9780520245563

Edition: 2006

Authors: Mark Klett, Michael Lundgren, Philip L. Fradkin, Rebecca Solnit, Karin Breuer

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How exactly has San Francisco's urban landscape changed in the hundred years since the earthquake and cataclysmic firestorms that destroyed three-quarters of the city in 1906? For this provocative rephotography project, bringing past and present into dynamic juxtaposition, renowned photographer Mark Klett has gone to the same locations pictured in forty-five compelling historic photographs taken in the days following the 1906 earthquake and fires and precisely duplicated each photograph's vantage point. The result is an elegant and powerful comparison that challenges our preconceptions about time, history, and culture. "I think the pictures ask us to become aware of the extraordinary qualities of our own distinct moment in time. But it is a realization that a particular future is not guaranteed by the flow of time in any given direction." So says Mark Klett discussing this multilayered project in an illuminating interview included in this lavishly produced volume, which accompanies an exhibition at The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. After the Ruins, 1906 and 2006features a vivid essay by noted environmental historian Philip Fradkin on the events surrounding and following the 1906 earthquake, which he describes as "the equivalent of an intensive, three-day bombing raid, complete with many tons of dynamite that acted as incendiary devices." A lyrical essay by acclaimed writer Rebecca Solnit considers the meaning of ruins, resurrection, and the evolving geography and history of San Francisco. Copub: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 3/8/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 140
Size: 11.50" wide x 10.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 2.156
Language: English

Rebecca Solnit writes extensively on photography and landscape. She is a contributing editor to Art Issues and Creative Camera and is the author of three books. She has contributed essays to several museum catalogues including Crimes and Splendors: The Desert Cantos of Richard Misrach and the Whitney Museum's Beat Culture and the New America. She was a 1993 recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Rephotography, and the Story of Two San Franciscos
An Interview
Hell on Earth
The Ruins of Memory
Photographs Maps of Photograph Locations
List of Photographs and Credits