River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West

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By Rebecca Solnit

The world as we know it today began in California in the late 1800s, and Eadweard Muybridge had a lot to do with it. This striking assertion is at the heart of Rebecca Solnit's book, which weaves together biography, history, and fascinating insights into art and technology to create a boldly original portrait of America on the threshold of modernity.

The story of Muybridge—who in 1872 succeeded in capturing high-speed motion photographically—becomes a lens for a larger story about the acceleration and industrialization of everyday life. Solnit shows how the peculiar freedoms and opportunities of post-Civil War California led directly to the two industries—Hollywood and Silicon Valley—that have most powerfully defined contemporary society.

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  • Paperback Edition
  • Publisher: Penguin Books
  • Publication date: March 2, 2004
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.4(w) x 8.3(h)
  • Item weight: 0.60 lbs