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Streaming video

Title Light in the West
Published Michael Blackwood Productions, 1980
[San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2019
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Description 1 online resource (streaming video file) (59 minutes): digital, .flv file, sound
Summary When photography was in its infancy, the American West was still a frontier; and, for a period of about fifty years, the two interacted in a complex and fascinating way. Dramatic subject matter in the West became accessible to photographers just when the newly-discovered wet-plate process enabled them to work outdoors. Thereafter, Western explorers consistently used photography to record their discoveries. It was primarily through the resulting photographs that the frontier became known. Ironically, these early images hastened the demise of the frontier they so beautifully documented. LIGHT IN THE WES rediscovers this empire through the eyes (and camera lenses) of the extraordinary people who were the first photographers to venture west. At a time when making photographs was as difficult as traveling in uncharted wilderness, these men truly were pioneers
Notes Title from title frames
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Performer Carleton Watkins, Charles Crocker, Chief Satanck, Chief Seattle, Chief Ten Bears, Clarence King, Collis Huntington, Dr. Herman Vogel, Eadweard Muybridge, Ferdinand V. Hayden, Flora Shallcross Stone, Frederick Dellenbaugh, General John Pope, Jack Hillers, Julia Watkins, Leland Stanford, Mark Hopkins Jr., Mathew Brady, Mjr. John Wesley Powell, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sam Bowles, Timothy O'Sullivan, William H. Jackson
Event Originally produced by Michael Blackwood Productions in 1980
Notes Mode of access: World Wide Web
In English
Subject Frontier and pioneer life.
Genre/Form Documentary films.
Video recordings.
Form Streaming video
Author Witlin, Ray, film director
Watkins, Carleton, actor
Crocker, Charles, actor
Satanck, Chief, actor
Seattle, Chief, actor
Ten Bears, Chief, actor
King, Clarence, actor
Huntington, Collis, actor
Herman Vogel, Dr, actor
Muybridge, Eadweard, 1830-1904, actor
V. Hayden, Ferdinand, actor
Shallcross Stone, Flora, actor
Dellenbaugh, Frederick, actor
John Pope, General, actor
Hillers, John K., 1843-1925, actor
Watkins, Julia, actor
Stanford, Leland, actor
Hopkins Jr., Mark, actor
Brady, Mathew B., approximately 1823-1896, actor
John Wesley Powell, Mjr, actor
Wendell Holmes, Oliver, actor
Bowles, Samuel, actor
O'Sullivan, Timothy, actor
H. Jackson, William, actor
Michael Blackwood Productions, distributor
Kanopy (Firm), distributor