Pushing West: The Photography of Andrew J. Russell is on view May 4–September 1, 2019.
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Travel back in time through Andrew J. Russell's epic photography of the Transcontinental Railroad’s western expansion, completed 150 years ago in 1869. Though commissioned to document the railroad and its successful development, Russell’s photography reveals the tensions between the economic and technological advances and the Railroad’s significant impact on western lands and Native peoples. His powerful imagery highlights the majesty of the landscape with locomotive engines set amongst vast plains and colossal mountain ranges, captured through Russell’s remarkable technique using the collodion photographic process in remote locations.
Image: Andrew J. Russell, East and West Shaking Hands at Laying Last Rail, 1869. Imperial collodion glass plate negative. Collection of the Oakland Museum of California. Museum Purchase.
Hardcover, unlined, includes bookmark. Dimensions 8.25" x 5.75"