Jack London, Photographer by Jeanne ReesmanJack London, Photographer by Jeanne Reesman

Jack London, Photographer

byJeanne Reesman, Philip Adam, Sara Hodson

Hardcover | September 15, 2010

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Jack London (1876-1916) remains one of the most widely read American writers, known for his naturalist fiction, socialist novels and essays, journalism, and the many adventures that he shared with the world. London was also an accomplished photographer, producing nearly twelve thousand photographs during his lifetime. Jack London, Photographer, the first book devoted to London's photography, reveals a vital dimension of his artistry, barely known until now.

London's subjects included such peoples as the ragged homeless of London's East End and the freezing refugees of the Russo-Japanese War, the latter photographed on assignment for the Hearst Syndicate. For Collier's magazine, London wrote his eyewitness account of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire and returned two weeks later with his camera to document a city in ruins but slowly recovering. During his voyage aboard the Snark, London produced humane images of the South Seas islanders that contrasted dramatically with the period's stereotypical portraits of indigenous peoples. In 1914 he documented the U.S. invasion of Veracruz during the Mexican Revolution. Although some of his images were used in newspaper and magazine stories and in his books The People of the Abyss and The Cruise of the Snark, the majority have remained unpublished until now.

The volume's more than two hundred photographs were printed from the original negatives in the California State Parks collection and from the original photographs in albums at the Huntington Library. They are reproduced here as duotones from silver gelatin prints. The general and chapter introductions place London's photographs in the context of his writings and his times.

London lived during the first true mass-media era, when the use of photographic images ushered in a new way of covering the news. With his discerning eye, London recorded historical moments through the faces and bodies of the people who lived them, creating memorable portraits of individuals whose cultural differences pale beside their common humanity.

Jeanne Campbell Reesman is a professor of English at the University of Texas, San Antonio. She is the author or editor of numerous works on London, including Jack London's Racial Lives: A Critical Biography. Sara S. Hodson is curator of literary manuscripts at the Huntington Library where she has administered the Jack London Papers for...
Title:Jack London, PhotographerFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 11.27 × 10.3 × 1.12 inPublished:September 15, 2010Publisher:University Of Georgia PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0820329673

ISBN - 13:9780820329673


Table of Contents

A Photographer's Reflections on Jack London

Introduction. Jack London's "Human Documents"
Chapter 1. The People of the Abyss (1903)
Chapter 2. The Russo-Japanese War, 1904
Chapter 3. The San Francisco Earthquake, 1906
Chapter 4. The Cruise of the Snark (1907-1908)
Chapter 5. The Voyage of the Dirigo, 1912
Chapter 6. The Mexican Revolution, 1914

Technical Notes
Photo Credits

Editorial Reviews

In Jack London, Photographer, Reesman, Hodson, and Adam offer a rich and engaging text, which not only introduces London's photographs-many for the first time-but, more importantly, contextualizes the photographs in terms of London's larger body of work.

- Studies in American Naturalism