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The Mythic City

The Mythic City

Photographs of New York by Samuel H. Gottscho, 1925-1940
Princeton Architectural Press

By Donald Albrecht


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During the late 1920s and 1930s, as photography was establishing a firmer monopoly on the visual documentation of the built landscape, architectural photographer Samuel H. Gottscho created a now-classic portrait of New York City as the quintessential modern metropolis. Silhouetting Manhattan's new skyscrapers, celebrated buildings—such as theAmerican Radiator Building and Rockefeller Center—and signature skyline with a vision uniquely his own, Gottscho carefully embraced the tenuous line between the documentary and the artistic in photography and shaped a New York City through his lens that was distinctly Gottscho, yet unquestionably New York City.

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Size: 8-1/2 x 11 in;
Pages: 224 pp;
175 duotones
Format: Paperback
Publication: April 2011
ISBN: 9781616890155
ISBN10: 1616890150