Item description for Changing Mines in America by Peter Goin...
Most Americans today view mines as little more than ugly scars on the landscape, places with no connection to an American way of life. This creative new work will force many to rethink that impression: after an introduction to the history of mining in America, the authors present eight visual and historical essays about diverse sites across the nation, each of which reveals mines not simply as physical degradations but as evolving cultural artifacts of the American landscape.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.7" Width: 8.2" Height: 0.9" Weight: 2.55 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2004
Publisher Center for American Places
ISBN 1930066120 ISBN13 9781930066120
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More About Peter Goin
Peter Goin, professor of art at the University of Nevada, Reno and author of several highly respected books including Stopping Time: A Rephotographic Survey of Lake Tahoe, was awarded the governor's Millennium Award for Excellence in the Arts in 2000. Drawing from the collections of the Nevada Historical Society, North Lake Tahoe Historical Society, South Lake Tahoe Historical Society, and Special Collections at the University of Nevada, Goin redefines this faceted jewel, Lake Tahoe, and its special place in our mind's eye.
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Awe-inspiring trip underground! Mar 3, 2006
Peter Goin is becoming one of my most favorite photographers, able to evoke the same emotions in landscapes that Sebastiao Salgado evokes with his portraits.
Mr. Goin compares and contrasts the state and evolution of various mines across the country with his contemporary photographs of mines taken from roughly the same locations as vintage photographs. Particularly fascinating is his chapter on the Bingham Canyon copper pit mine, tracing its evolution from turn-of-the-century immigrant copper town to its current position as the world's largest man-made hole.
Also of note is his exploration of American Flats mine and its present-day existance as a de-facto "autonomous zone" where all forms of "outlaw culture" is practiced.
This book is a must for all persons interested in urban exploration and industrial processes, as well as those of us who are fascinated by the ways man changes the world around him.