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Plowden, David

Overview
Works: 65 works in 176 publications in 2 languages and 10,311 library holdings
Genres: Pictorial works  History  Juvenile works  Illustrated works  Exhibition catalogs 
Roles: Author, Photographer, Author of introduction, Illustrator, Editor, Other
Classifications: TG22, 973
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Most widely held works about David Plowden
 
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Bridges : the spans of North America by David Plowden( Book )

19 editions published between 1974 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,187 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lincoln and his America, 1809-1865 : with the words of Abraham Lincoln by David Plowden( Book )

9 editions published in 1970 in English and German and held by 838 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

No physical reference to source written in book
The hand of man on America by David Plowden( Book )

20 editions published between 1970 and 1973 in English and held by 605 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Small town America by David Plowden( Book )

3 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 600 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The photographs of David Plowden, David McCullough once said, "confer a kind of immortality on certain aspects of American civilization before they vanish." In this, his nineteenth book on the American scene, David Plowden, as usual "one step ahead of the wrecking ball," again turns to a part of American culture that was once commonplace but is now in danger of being lost or, at best, forever transformed. With his photographs of barbershops, general stores, schoolhouses, feed mills, Main Street scenes, and picket-fenced houses, as well as the barbers, customers, librarians, schoolteachers, and postmasters who inhabit them, Plowden has created a vivid portrait of "Small Town America" that will be instantly recognized - and mourned - by all Americans. And his poignant, engaging text, grounded in his memories of his own small town upbringing and populated by characters he has met in the course of his work, brings to life the essence of the small town experience. Plowden does not focus on one particular town or area. Instead, he has traveled through nineteen states, from Rhode Island to Idaho, turning his cameras eye onto those elements that epitomize - or once epitomized - small towns across the country, recording "only what he sees," as David McCullough puts it in his Introduction, "exactly as is, never dressing the set, never rearranging, never moving even the least bentwood chair, lest, as he says, he disturb the dust." Neither has he sought to show every single aspect of small town life - an impossible task, for American small towns are unique unto themselves, and as Plowden is the first to suggest, "To try to encapsulate whatever constitutes the small town life in a few pages would be folly." Rather, the town captured in these pages is a composite of many parts; a fabrication in which are emphasized both the generic aspects that were once common to all towns and those that are in danger of disappearing.--Jacket
An American chronology : the photographs of David Plowden by David Plowden( Book )

7 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 487 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents the best of 25 years of photography of various aspects of America, arranged chronologically and by subject
Floor of the sky: the Great Plains by David Plowden( Book )

6 editions published in 1972 in English and held by 482 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The iron road : a portrait of American railroading by Richard Snow( Book )

2 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 473 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A history of American railroading with a commentary on its status today
Farewell to steam by David Plowden( Book )

9 editions published between 1965 and 1966 in English and held by 453 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Imprints : David Plowden, a retrospective by David Plowden( Book )

6 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 435 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book, published in conjunction with a series of retrospective exhibitions across America, looks back over Plowden's entire career and presents the very best of his work
Cape May to Montauk by Stephen Jones( Book )

1 edition published in 1973 in English and held by 425 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A handful of dust : photographs of disappearing America by David Plowden( Book )

6 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 411 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains seventy-seven duotone photographs in which David Plowden revisits small American towns to record the changes that have occurred since he first photographed them forty years earlier
Industrial landscape by David Plowden( Book )

3 editions published between 1985 and 2009 in English and held by 386 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The American barn by David Plowden( Book )

4 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 381 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tugboat : text and photographs by David Plowden( Book )

1 edition published in 1976 in English and held by 374 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes a day in the life of a tugboat in the New York harbor
Commonplace by David Plowden( Book )

3 editions published in 1974 in English and held by 326 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Photographs of the commonplace structures that are in our towns and countryside reflecting men's ups and downs in life
Desert and plain, the mountains and the river : a celebration of rural America by Berton Roueché( Book )

3 editions published in 1975 in English and held by 262 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A time of trains by David Plowden( Book )

2 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 252 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Steel by David Plowden( Book )

2 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 238 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Photographs documenting the steel industry. Subjects include blast furnaces, steel mills, ore barges, and other related subjects
End of an era : the last of the Great Lakes steamboats by David Plowden( Book )

3 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 228 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Since the 1850s when coal-fired reciprocating steam engines were first heralded as a reliable means of powering ships, these majestic vessels have crisscrossed the Great Lakes transporting everything from coal and grain to iron ore and cement. The speed and efficiency of the lake freighters was unchallenged until the advent of the diesel locomotive engine. Today, however, the massive fleet has been reduced to a handful, and soon the Great Lakes steamboats may be extinct. From freighters in motion and intricate machinery in the engine room, to the glow of the firehold and the action of the men who operate and maintain the vessels, these images are an evocative testament to the Age of Steam and a rich archival slice of our industrial past
Nantucket by Patricia Coffin( Book )

2 editions published in 1971 in English and held by 203 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Small town America
Alternative Names
David Plowden

David Plowden American photographer

David Plowden fotógrafo estadounidense

David Plowden photographe américain

Languages
English (120)

German (1)

Covers
Small town AmericaImprints : David Plowden, a retrospectiveA handful of dust : photographs of disappearing AmericaThe American barnEnd of an era : the last of the Great Lakes steamboats