first full look into the Smithsonian's 700 extraordinary photographic collections. Photography and the Smithsonian were invented at the same time, and both were instrumental in revealing the modern world to itself. The Smithsonianholds more than 13 million images
spanning over 150 years of taking and collecting photographs. This largely unknown body of photography (most have never before been published) represents nothing less than the Smithsonian's effort, in the name of all Americans, to describe and comprehend
the world. Open anywhere in these pages to be plunged in the history of our modernity, and see what the Smithsonian deemed important to document and preserve. The famous, the infamous, and the never-before-seen are here in a remarkable
"democracy of images": Amelia Earhart, Abraham Lincoln, P.T. Barnum and Tom Thumb, John Brown, Frederick Douglass, Lucille Ball, Greta Garbo, Babe Ruth; the earliest views of the moon and the earliest panoramic view...