Yosemite in Time.
Ice Ages, Tree Clocks, Ghost Rivers.

Photographs by Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe. Text by Rebecca Solnit.
Trinity University Press, San Antonio, 2005. 144 pp., 60 duotone and color illustrations, 12x9¾".

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Walking in the illustrious footsteps of the original western rephotographic survey of the 1970's, and its sequel, the Third View project, this book is in a sense a zoomed view with an accompanying narration. Yosemite in Time is the brainchild of photographers Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe, and writer Rebecca Solnit, and its completely collaborative quality is the first of its stratified pleasures. Wolfe, Solnit and Klett have refined and pared the interdisciplinary approach used in the Third View project, exchanging ideas and brainstorming techniques while spelling each other at the wheel. The lively and inclusive nature of this corps of rediscovery seems to have been extended as well to the artists who originated the ways we have come to think about Yosemite (and perhaps American wilderness as a whole): Eadweard Muybridge, Carleton Watkins, Edward Weston and Ansel Adams. Much of the inspiration for rephotography is, of course, to better understand the original impulse behind the choices, both documentary and aesthetic, of Western Ur-photographers; a further benefit is the opportunity to see physical evidence of the passage of time. Yosemite in Time takes this process further by merging the calculated precision of re-placement of the camera in time and space with the more intuitive, less perspectivally- correct use of numerous panoramas. By imbedding the original views in contemporary (mainly color) panoramic collages in original and instructive ways, the authors manage to rehumanize what might otherwise seem exhausted ways of seeing. Digital imaging technology has been used sparingly and appropriately to locate the past and the present with respect to each other, and the integrity of the effort is greatly enhanced by Solnit's text, which weaves the pictures into an appropriately layered critical/historical whole. Ultimately, she and her collaborators use Yosemite as the quintessentially American means to ask larger questions about timelessness, human vision, and the relentless nature of change. PHIL HARRIS Read Publisher's Description.


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