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The Image of Environmental Harm in American Social Documentary Photography

By Chris Balaschak Copyright 2021
    168 Pages 50 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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      With an emphasis on photographic works that offer new perspectives on the history of American social documentary, this book considers a history of politically engaged photography that may serve as models for the representation of impending environmental injustices.

      Chris Balaschak examines histories of American photography, the environmental movement, as well as the industrial and postindustrial economic conditions of the United States in the 20th century. With particular attention to a material history of photography focused on the display and dissemination of documentary images through print media and exhibitions, the work considered places emphasis on the depiction of communities and places harmed by industrialized capitalism.

      The book will be of interest to scholars working in art history, visual studies, photography, ecocriticism, environmental humanities, media studies, culture studies, and visual rhetoric.

      1. America Begins Again: Waste and Social Documentary;  2. The Climax Community;  3. The Shadow of Infrastructure;  4. The New Social Document;  5. Photographic Views After Three Mile Island;  6. Tracing Toxicity;  7. Sacrifice Zones


      Chris Balaschak is an Associate Professor of Art History at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida.