In Stoddard’s Footsteps
Featuring the Photography of: Seneca Ray Stoddard and Mark Bowie, Text By: Mark Bowie and Timothy Weidner
In a career spanning the settling of the Adirondack wilderness, the heyday of the guide, the steamship, and the grand hotel, pioneer photographer Seneca Ray Stoddard produced thousands of images of the evolving landscape- the most comprehensive photo-documentary record of late nineteenth century life in the region. A skilled mapmaker, surveyor, illustrator, and writer, Stoddard was an unabashed Adirondack promoter, as prolific with pen as with a camera. From his Glens Falls studio, he and his assistants published photographic prints and stereographs, guidebooks, brochures, train schedules, newsletters, and maps.
More than a century after Stoddard focused his cameras on the region, renowned Adirondack photographer and writer Mark Bowie literally followed in his footsteps, faithfully rephotographing the exact locations of some of his classic images, revealing changes in the landscape and its people over the last one hundred to one hundred twenty-five years. It is a fascinating study, the results sometimes surprising, in every case, illuminating.
April 2012 Book Pick: Recommended by Kristin Helmer