SEAPORT by Phillip Lopate

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A stunning collection of photographs capturing the pinnacle of maritime Manhattan.

By the end of the nineteenth century, the Port of New York was the center of a huge maritime enterprise. Through this hub passed vessels and cargoes of every description, heading to or arriving from anywhere and everywhere around the globe. For much of the first half of the twentieth century, it was here that America's commerce with Europe and Central and South America converged. In this busiest port in the world, seasoned sailors and fishermen, international traders, muscled longshoremen, barge brats, and yachters shaped and shared New York's waterfront world. By 1960 maritime New York had greatly diminished, eclipsed by more efficient operations elsewhere. Fortunately, a small cadre of commercial photographers documented the dynamic social, economic, and political forces in the heyday of the wharves, waterways, and waterfront markets, capturing for the ages the gritty and sometimes glamorous life of the docks and their environs. 137 duotones.

 

About Phillip Lopate

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Phillip Lopate holds the Adams Chair at Hofstra University where he is a professor of English.
 
Published April 17, 2004 by Smithsonian. 160 pages
Genres: History, Arts & Photography, Travel. Non-fiction

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A pictorial celebration of New York's maritime heritage, the book reproduces more than 100 black-and-white photographs from the vast collection of vintage photos and negatives that the Frederick Lewis News Agency bequeathed to the Mariners' Museum in Newport News, Va., starting in 1955.

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