River of Shadows
River of Shadows
Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West

The world as we know it today began in California in the late 1800s, and Eadweard Muybridge had a lot to do with it. This striking assertion is at the heart of Rebecca Solnit's new book, which weaves together biography, history, and fascinating insights into art and technology to create a boldly original portrait of America on the threshold of modernity. The story of Muybridge—who in 1872 succeeded in capturing high-speed motion photographically—becomes a lens for a larger story about the acceleration and industrialization of everyday life. Solnit shows how the peculiar freedoms and opportunities of post-Civil War California led directly to the two industries—Hollywood and Silicon Valley—that have most powerfully defined contemporary society.

Title River of Shadows
Subtitle Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West
Author Rebecca Solnit
Publisher Penguin Books
Title First Published 02 March 2004
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 320 p.
ISBN-10 0142004103
ISBN-13 9780142004104
Publication Date 02 March 2004
Main content page count 320
Weight 16 oz.

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