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New York in Postcards 1880-1980 The Andreas Adam Collection

by Andreas Adam, Paul Goldberger, Kent Lydecker

New York in Postcards 1880-1980 The Andreas Adam Collection Synopsis

The development of New York from colonial fur trading hub of New Amsterdam into one of the most vibrant and exciting cities on earth has been documented many times. Countless films, songs, photographs and books tell the story of this quintessential metropolis and global icon. But this lavish, beautiful volume offers a new perspective through Andreas Adam's vast collection of rare picture postcards that recount the city's changing identity and culture over a century. The 900 vintage cards in 'New York in Postcards 1880-1980', organised by subject and geographic area, bring to life the look and feel of their eras and vividly depict every aspect of New York City over a century: 19th-century street scenes, famous architectural landmarks, lush gardens, cars and trains, everyday life and historical events. The images themselves are a fascinating melange of artistic media, including archival photographs, drawings and paintings, and represent a wide range of styles from art nouveau to neo-objectivism, naturalism and pop art. This book is rounded-out with essays by Paul Goldberger, the 'New Yorker's' renowned architecture critic, and art historian Kent Lydecker on the visual narrative and the architectural history of New York and the cultural history of the picture postcard.

New York in Postcards 1880-1980 The Andreas Adam Collection Press Reviews

New York in Postcards, 1880-1980 provides a dual prism for viewing the city. . . . The book serves as both an architectural history and a history of ways of seeing the city. --Sam Roberts New York Times These postcards bring us back to a New York that possessed glamour and drama and warmth, in even measure: a city in which there was always light, and always possibility; a city that, when you came to visit, you could not wait until you were back home to tell everyone all about it, and so you always, always, sent a postcard. --Paul Goldberger, architecture critic for the New Yorker, from his essay --Paul Goldberger

Book Information

ISBN: 9783858817136
Publication date: 1st October 2010
Author: Andreas Adam, Paul Goldberger, Kent Lydecker
Publisher: Scheidegger und Spiess AG, Verlag
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 560 pages
Categories: Photographs: collections, Places & peoples: general & pictorial works,

About Andreas Adam, Paul Goldberger, Kent Lydecker

Thomas Kramer is managing director and chief editor of Scheidegger & Spiess Publishers since 2006. Andreas Adam, born 1945, graduated in architecture from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich in 1971 and runs his own architectural studio in Zurich. He also curates exhibitions and has contributed to various books and journals, and works as a painter and art teacher. Paul Goldberger is architecture critic for the 'New Yorker' and is holding the Joseph Urban Chair in Design and Architecture at The New School in Manhattan. He has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Criticism in 1984. Ken Lydecker graduated in art history ...

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