In his book Wyoming Revisited, Dr. Michael A. Amundson uses the power of “re-photography” to demonstrate how landscapes across the state have endured through the last century. In a noon presentation on Thursday, June 23, Amundson discusses his book and signs copies. His talk takes place in the Center of the West’s Coe Auditorium and is free to the public.
In his book, Amundson compares three sets of photographs: the original black-and-white photographs taken by famed Cheyenne photographer Joseph E. Stimson more than a century ago, repeat black-and-white images Amundson captured in the 1980s, and a third view in color he photographed in 2007 – 2008. The author also includes details explaining the history and importance of each site, as well as information on the process of repeat photographic fieldwork.
The 58 locations in Amundson’s presentation—half of the views from the book—feature street views of two dozen Wyoming towns and cities, along with views from the state’s famous natural landmarks like Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, and Big Horn and Shoshone National Forests. In addition, Amundson explores the life of Joseph E. Stimson, the re-photographic process and how it has evolved, and how repeat photography is an important tool to understand history, landscape, historic preservation, modernity and post-modernity, and globalization.
Amundson, professor of history at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, teaches classes on the history of the American West. He played basketball for the University of Wyoming from 1983 – 1988. Amundson earned a PhD at the University of Nebraska. He has published three books on Joseph E. Stimson and re-photography—Wyoming Time and Again, Passage to Wonderland, and Wyoming Revisited—plus two others on the atomic West. He is currently completing a book titled Talking Machine West about early popular recordings related to the region that listeners played on Edison cylinders.
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Since 1917, the award-winning Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, has devoted itself to sharing the story of the authentic American West. The Center is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. For additional information, visit centerofthewest.org or the Center’s Facebook page.