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Lesy, Michael 1945-

Works: 35 works in 142 publications in 2 languages and 6,861 library holdings
Genres: Pictorial works  History  Sources  Biography  Exhibition catalogs  Case studies  Drama  Documentary films  Historical films  Catalogs 
Roles: Author, Other
Classifications: F589.B6, 973
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Most widely held works about Michael Lesy
Most widely held works by Michael Lesy
Wisconsin death trip by Michael Lesy( Book )

35 editions published between 1972 and 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,630 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A shocking portrait of a small town crumbling-socially, morally, physically and emotionally-under the impact of the great depression of the 1890s
The forbidden zone by Michael Lesy( Book )

9 editions published between 1987 and 1989 in English and held by 678 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Long time coming : a photographic portrait of America, 1935-1943 by Michael Lesy( Book )

6 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 672 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Long Time Coming is derived from the 145,000 photographs made between 1935 and 1943 by a team of now-famous photographers employed by the Farm Security Administration (FSA), whose ranks included Arthur Rothstein, Ben Shahn, Dorothea Lange, and Walker Evans. We are all familiar with the iconic images of poverty that are usually associated with the project. The agency's mission, however, went well beyond photographing dispossessed rural people, and this book is proof. It includes 410 remarkable images made in large cities (including New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, Omaha, and Pittsburgh) as well as dozens of small towns and villages throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. These are images that have rarely been seen - some twenty percent have never been published before - images that present a portrait of a vanished America, a visual record of everyday existence that enhances and enlarges our assumptions about the era." "Setting the pictures in context, Michael Lesy's iconoclastic, groundbreaking text intercuts excerpts from primary and secondary sources (some given as "assigned reading" to the project photographers) with an extended look at Roy Stryker, the FSA's controversial director. It presents the FSA photographs in a very different light from the bleak vision to which we are accustomed."--Jacket
Bearing witness : a photographic chronicle of American life, 1860-1945 by Michael Lesy( Book )

7 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 640 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Period photographs document American daily life, wartime experiences, disasters, family life, agriculture, and industry, from the Civil War through World War II
Murder city : the bloody history of Chicago in the twenties by Michael Lesy( Book )

7 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 563 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Offers a portrait of Chicago during the 1920s as it became the murder capital of the United States and analyzes how some of Chicago's leaders participated in the criminal and violent activities of the period
Real life : Louisville in the twenties by Michael Lesy( Book )

8 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 517 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A photographic essay that chronicles life in Louisville, Kentucky in the 1920s. This book is about people who passed through the First War on their way to the Great Depression. During the war, they had experienced government intervention and regulation of their food, their labor, and their thoughts more severe than their grandparents had experienced during the Civil War
Time frames : the meaning of family pictures by Michael Lesy( Book )

8 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 413 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

You may know which fork to use, but do you know how to make an introduction? At home, in school, on the job, with friends ... are you always sure you're on the right etiquette page? Now you can be, with this practical guide for everyday ettiquette - from handling a phone call to assisting a customer to maintain a friendship to dining with new acquaintances. Mind Your Manners is so much more than remembering not to talk with your mouth full. It's useful advice to put you at ease in almost any situation
Dreamland : America at the dawn of the twentieth century by Michael Lesy( Book )

5 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 398 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At the very edge of the twentieth century, William Henry Jackson - the most renowned Western landscape photographer of his day - joined the Detroit Publishing Company to produce postcard images of the United States, using the most advanced technology available. Eventually, the photographs and negatives were deposited in the Library of Congress and the Colorado Historical Society, creating an incomparable archive of American life in the first decade of this century. Photo historian Michael Lesy has selected and arranged over 200 photographs
Rescues : the lives of heroes by Michael Lesy( Book )

2 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and held by 307 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Visible light by Michael Lesy( Book )

3 editions published in 1985 in English and Undetermined and held by 288 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Angel's world : the New York photographs of Angelo Rizzuto by Michael Lesy( Book )

5 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 214 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Noted photo historian Lesy tries to comprehend a man who left a strange archive of 60,000 images to the Library of Congress. His name was Angelo Rizzuto, but he called himself Angel. He lived in a single, run-down room in a crummy hotel. Every day he left at 2:00 P.M. to photograph New York City obsessively, from above and on the streets. We see grand cityscapes, compassionate photographs of children, and confrontational pictures of angry women. He also took an anguished self-portrait almost every day. What is not obvious is why--what did it all mean? The mroe Lesy investigates, the more tantalizing details emerge. Lesy has fashioned a psychoanalytic dissection of a tortured soul in an account that is both deeply unsettling and satisfying.--From publisher description
Repast : dining out at the dawn of the new American century, 1900-1910 by Michael Lesy( Book )

4 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beginning with the simplest eateries and foods and culminating with the emergence of a genuinely American way of fine dining, Repast takes readers on a culinary tour of early-twentieth-century restaurants and dining. The innovations introduced at the time--in ingredients, technologies, meal service, and cuisine--transformed the act of eating in public in ways that persist to this day. Illustrated with photographs from the time as well as color plates reproducing menus from the New York Public Library's Buttolph Menu Collection
Looking backward : a photographic portrait of the world at the beginning of the twentieth century by Michael Lesy( Book )

3 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In 1900 the stereograph was king. Its three-dimensional optics created a virtual presence for the viewer. Millions of Americans, especially schoolchildren, absorbed ideas about race, class, and gender from such 3D images ... Drawing on an enormous, rarely seen collection of some 300,000 stereographic views spanning the first decade of the twentieth century, Michael Lesy presents nearly 250 images displaying a riot of peoples and cultures, stark class divisions, and unsettling glimpses of daily life a century ago ... Haunting views of the early twentieth century's most significant events at home and in the farthest reaches of the world-war, rebellion, industrial revolution, and natural catastrophe-flank pictures of the last remnants of the premodern natural world. Lesy's evocative essays reassert the primacy of the stereograph in American visual history. He profiles the photographers who saw the world through their prejudices and the companies that sold their images everywhere."--Dust jacket flap
Stephen Shore : selected works 1973-1981 by Stephen Shore( Book )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"... an international group of artists, curators, authors, and cultural figures have selected up to ten photographs apiece from Stephen Shore's Uncoming Places archive. None of the images appear in the current edition of his landmark book of the same name; most are published here for the first time. Each suite of photographs, chosen from over four hundred newly scanned or rediscovered negatives, offers an idiosyncratic commentary on Shore's distinctive vision of America and proposes new perspectives on this seminal body of work from the 1970s and early '80s"--Page 5
Dreamland : Amerikas Aufbruch ins 20. Jahrhundert : die Photographien von William Henry Jackson für die Detroit Publishing Company by Michael Lesy( Book )

3 editions published in 1998 in German and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wisconsin death trip( Visual )

10 editions published between 1999 and 2004 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A docu-drama containing re-enactments "based on real events that took place in the State of Wisconsin between 1890 and 1900. All the stories are authentic news reports from a newspaper published in the town of Black River Falls, an isolated community in the north of the state. The newspaper was the paper of record for the surrounding county and was edited by an Englishman called Frank Cooper. The photographs are largely the work of Charles Van Schaick, a professional photographer who lived in Black River Falls in the 1890's"--Screen
The radical camera : New York's Photo League, 1936-1951 by Mason Klein( Book )

5 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Artists in the Photo League, active from 1936 to 1951, were known for capturing sharply revealing, compelling moments from everyday life. Their focus centered on New York City and its vibrant streets - a newsboy at work, a brass band on a bustling corner, a crowded beach at Coney Island. Though beautiful, the images harbor strong social commentary on issues of class, child labor, and opportunity. The Radical Camera explores the fascinating blend of aesthetics and social activism at the heart of the Photo League, tracing the group's left-leaning roots and idealism to the worker-photography movement in Europe
Midwestern gothic : the making of Wisconsin death trip( Visual )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a documentary of the making of James Marsh's film Wisconsin Death Trip. It explores the dark side of Wisconsin history through the eyes of the local cast & crew contrasted by the British director's perspective, evoking insights into the Midwestern Gothic experience
Liz by Michael Lesy( Book )

2 editions published in 1971 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The impeachment of Andrew Johnson as an historical exercise by Michael Lesy( )

2 editions published in 1969 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Long time coming : a photographic portrait of America, 1935-1943
Alternative Names
Michael Lesy American writer and academic

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The forbidden zoneLong time coming : a photographic portrait of America, 1935-1943Murder city : the bloody history of Chicago in the twentiesDreamland : America at the dawn of the twentieth centuryRescues : the lives of heroesAngel's world : the New York photographs of Angelo Rizzuto