Photographs of Environmental Phenomena

Scientific Images in the Wake of Environmental Awareness, USA 1860s-1970s

Gisela Parak

Transcript-Verlag

Photographs of Environmental Phenomena

Pub Date: January 2016

ISBN: 9783837630855

256 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $45.00

Photographs of Environmental Phenomena

Scientific Images in the Wake of Environmental Awareness, USA 1860s-1970s

Gisela Parak

Transcript-Verlag

Well before today's debates on global warming and climate change, photographic images have played an important role in educating the general public about the wonders of nature and the destruction of the global environment. Most now-iconic images have historical precursors. Gisela Parak illuminates how the interrelationship of photography and science gave rise to a genre of photographs of environmental phenomena. She emphasizes the power of these images to support and instruct the scientific pursuit of knowledge, as well as their potency as a means of persuading and shaping public opinion.

About the Author

Gisela Parak is the director of the Brunswick Museum for Photography in Germany and teaches at the Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart and at Brunswick Technical University. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, at Washington University, St. Louis, and at the GHI in Washington, D.C. Her work focuses on the history and theory of photography, American cultural history, and art history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.