The Mythic City

Photographs of New York by Samuel H. Gottscho, 1925-1940

Donald Albrecht

     8.5 × 11 in (21.6 × 27.9 cm)
224 pages
175 b/w illustrations
Publication date: 7/19/2011
Rights: World
ISBN: 9781616890155

During the late 1920s and 1930s, as photography was establishing a firmer monopoly on the visual documentation of the built landscape, architectural photographer Samuel H. Gottscho created a now-classic portrait of New York City as the quintessential modern metropolis. Silhouetting Manhattan's new skyscrapers, celebrated buildings--such as the American Radiator Building and Rockefeller Center--and signature skyline with a vision uniquely his own, Gottscho carefully embraced the tenuous line between the documentary and the artistic in photography and shaped a New York City through his lens that was distinctly Gottscho, yet unquestionably New York City.

Donald Albrecht is an adjunct curator of architecture and design at the Museum of the City of New York. He also serves as adjunct professor for the Masters Program in the Decorative Arts at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York.

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