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The Mythic City: Photographs of New York by Samuel H. Gottscho, 1925-1940
Daring, bold, dramatic, towering, impossibly glamorous: this is how we imagine New York in its golden age, and this is how Samuel H. Gottscho, the preeminent architectural photographer of his generation, captured it. Through his lens, New York of the 1930s became the quintessential modern metropolis, a round-the-clock city in which night was as charismatic as day. Rigorous ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published September 22nd 2005 by Princeton Architectural Press
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This book has some of the most wonderful photo's of new york that I've ever seen. The photos make me think of the idea of New York glamour that I think most people have. They are all in black and white, printed on thick generous paper that makes the photos feel somehow more authentic of their era. I just really enjoyed it, I picked this book up at a charity shop for nothing and it's a one of a kind find in that sort of situation being that it was sold in conjunstion to an exibition being held ab ...more
Gottscho was an excellent and now forgotten photographer who chronicled New York's architecture of the 1930's. His photos paint a pristine and futuristic New York. Looking at these photos is nearly like watching Star Trek - its alien but familiar at the same time and devoid of tenements and the poor. Awe-inspiring photos for a lost era.