After-Images of the Highrise City: Visualizing Urban Change in Modern New York

Christoph Lindner in Journal of American Culture 36.2 (2013): 75-87

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This article is about visual culture and urban change, and the ways in which New York City was dramatically and rapidly transformed into an iconic modern metropolis in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. It completes a trilogy of linked articles, all published in the Journal of American Culture, concerned with the place and significance of the New York skyscraper in the American cultural imagination. This final article in the series examines how the urban imaginary of modern New York has both shaped – and been shaped by – experimental practices in early highrise photography and film.

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