Wyoming Revisited

Rephotographing the Scenes of Joseph E. Stimson

by Michael A. Amundson

Co-published with the Wyoming State Historical Society


"This book demonstrates the value of repeat-photography as a useful method in furthering our understanding of the historic evolution of place."
—Jeremy M. Johnston, Buffalo Bill Historical Center

"Amundson reveals the unpredictable evolution of the West—the uneven ways that change ripples across a landscape."
High Country News

"[M]uch more than simply a handsomely bound and printed 'then and now' visual treat. . . . [T]he reader will find it a scholarly work demonstrating the author's firm grasp of Wyoming and Western history."

Annals of Wyoming: The Wyoming History Journal

"Much of [the epilogue] has been parsed before in photographic circles, but it arrives at an important conclusion: that photography is an essential tool of historical narrative. That’s what this book is particularly good at—telling the story of a changing Wyoming through the eyes of two photographers."

Great Plains Quarterly

"Amundson provides a visual, as well as historical, interpretative understanding of the vast changes to the built and ecological landscape of Wyoming. . . . a masterful, visual compilation of historical change accompanied by an understanding of place and time by an author who is truly at home in Wyoming. His is an enjoyable book to both read and see."

Western Historical Quarterly

 

In Wyoming Revisited, Michael A. Amundson uses the power of rephotography to show how landscapes across the state have endured over the last century. Three sets of photographs—the original black-and-white photographs taken by famed Wyoming photographer Joseph E. Stimson more than a century ago, repeat black-and-white images taken by Amundson in the 1980s, and a third view in color taken by the author in 2007-2008—are accompanied by captions explaining the history and importance of each site as well as information on the process of repeat photographic fieldwork.

The 117 locations feature street views of Wyoming towns and cities, as well as views from the state's famous natural landmarks like Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Devil's Tower National Monument, Hot Springs State Park, and Big Horn and Shoshone National Forests. In addition, Amundson provides six in-depth essays that explore the life of Joseph E. Stimson, the rephotographic process and how it has evolved, and how repeat photography can be used to understand history, landscape, historic preservation, and globalization.

Wyoming Revisited highlights the historic evolution of the American West over the past century and showcases the significant changes that have occurred over the past twenty-five years. This book will appeal to photographers, historians of the American West, and anyone interested in Wyoming's history or landscape.

 

The publication of this book is supported in part by the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund.

 

Media
Wyoming Public Radio

 

Michael A. Amundson is a professor of history at Northern Arizona University, the author of Yellowcake Towns, Passage to Wonderland, and Wyoming Revisited, and the co-editor of Atomic Culture.

Imprint: University Press of Colorado

Book Details

  • Hardcover Price: $30.95
  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-60732-304-4
  • Ebook Price: $24.95
  • 30-day ebook rental price: $9.99
  • EISBN: 978-1-60732-305-1
  • Publication Month: November
  • Publication Year: 2014
  • Pages: 352
  • Illustrations: 315 photographs
  • Discount Type: Short
  • Author: by Michael A. Amundson
  • ECommerce Code: 978-1-60732-304-4