Lisa Vegan's Reviews > After the Ruins, 1906 and 2006: Rephotographing the San Francisco Earthquake and Fire

After the Ruins, 1906 and 2006 by Mark Klett
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Jun 26, 2007

it was amazing
bookshelves: art, reviewed, non-fiction, nature, san-francisco
Recommended for: those interested in photography, San Francisco history buffs, if interested in earthquakes
Read in January, 2006

This was a fascinating and amazing exhibition. Brilliant idea: The photographer took photos that had been taken immediately after the 1906 San Francisco great earthquake and fire, figured out precisely where they had been taken (no easy task given how much change there’s been in 100 years) and then took photographs from the exact same vantage point 100 years later in 2006. (I have to say one of my favorite parts of the museum exhibit isn’t in the book. There was a computer program that enabled the visitor to superimpose the 2006 photo over its 1906 counterpart up to 100%. Really amazing, especially since I live in San Francisco and know many of the locations.) But the photos in this book stand on their own. Helpful maps of photograph locations are given. And there’s unusually good text for an art book, including pieces about the photographer & his work on this project and essays by 2 great authors: Philip Fradkin & Rebecca Solnit. A beautiful and educational book.
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