Great Photographs from the Library of Congress

"Great Photographs from the Library of Congress" is a unique e-book that contains more than 700 extraordinary images from the Library’s Prints and Photographs Division, regarded by many as the world's greatest collection of historical photographs. Covering a variety of themes and time periods, the selected images illustrate how the world has changed since the dawn of photography.

Included are examples from Mathew Brady’s Civil War classics; Edward S. Curtis’s photographic chronicle of American Indians; and Carol M. Highsmith’s color views from the turn of the twenty-first century; iconic photographs such as Dorothea Lange’s “Migrant Mother” and the Wright Brothers’ first successful airplane flight. A variety of themes and time periods are represented, from a turn-of-the-century color view of bustling activity on Constantinople’s Galata Bridge to a shot of the Hindenburg passenger airship in flames; from classic portraits of those who have changed the world—Abraham Lincoln, Helen Keller, and Babe Ruth among them.

Introductory texts to each chapter provide a wealth of information about the breadth and depth of the holdings in the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, as well as guidelines for navigating the outstanding online archive of more than one million images. "Great Photographs from the Library of Congress" constitutes a valuable collection presented in an innovative electronic format that bears witness to history—the events and people, the fascinating, entertaining, shocking, thrilling, tragic, and poignant—as only photographs can.

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