Looking West: Photographing the Canadian Prairies, 1858 - 1957 by Brock SilversidesLooking West: Photographing the Canadian Prairies, 1858 - 1957 by Brock Silversides

Looking West: Photographing the Canadian Prairies, 1858 - 1957

byBrock Silversides

Paperback | September 15, 1999

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The first photographers to capture the Canadian prairies on film defined the region for the rest of the world. Their images of rolling plains, early settlements and architecture, railways, and surveyors, coloured by their own expectations and the instructions of their employers, had an enormous impact on the settlement and the development of the West.


In Looking West author and archivist Brock Silversides provides a lasting and valuable record of the changes that transfigured the Canadian prairies during a century of development. Archival photographs and an accompanying essay offer a fascinating and powerful look at a land that has been depicted as everything from a desert to a fertile
region of incomparable diversity and beauty. The men and women who chronicled the region's development through their lenses faced countless obstacles from prairie climate and conditions but found in the land and its people a constantly renewing source of inspiration.



Brock V. Silversides is a Fifth House Books author.
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Title:Looking West: Photographing the Canadian Prairies, 1858 - 1957Format:PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 10 × 8 × 0.68 inPublished:September 15, 1999Publisher:Fifth House BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1894004094

ISBN - 13:9781894004091

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Captivated by its vast expanse of gently rolling plains, photographers have long been drawn to the Canadian prairies for inspiration. In Looking West: Photographing the Canadian Prairies, 1858-1957, author and archivist Brock V. Silversides presents a striking visual record of the development of the prairies in the 20th century. From images of early settlements to railways and unique architecture, the pictures of these photographers helped define this region for the rest of the world; this beautiful book is a tribute to their work.