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A Cold War tourist and his camera [electronic resource] /
Martha Langford and John Langford.
imprint
Montréal : McGill-Queen's University Press, c2011.
description
viii, 195 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0773538216 (pbk.), 9780773538214 (pbk.)
format(s)
Book
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imprint
Montréal : McGill-Queen's University Press, c2011.
isbn
0773538216 (pbk.)
9780773538214 (pbk.)
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
10498441
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [175]-187) and index.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2011-05-15:
Warren Langford's photos made during the height of the Cold War era (1963) are a unique combination of tourist snapshots and historical documents. He traveled with his camera throughout Europe, North America, and Africa as part of training for Canada's National Defense College, and his full-color slides give us a glimpse into a world that few were allowed to see. Challenging our preconceptions of what life looked liked during that turbulent era, Langford's subjects-a donkey in Morocco, a bride in a Venetian gondola, and Egypt's pyramids-are all photographed in the same way, from a tourist's point of view, and portray the world as colorful and untroubled, rather than the serious monochrome images we associate with this period. Only the photographs taken in Berlin hint at a darker reality. The photos are organized geographically, from Langford's North American to African to European tour. An essay placing the photos within the larger historical context accompanies each chapter. The collection was curated by his children, Martha, an art history professor at Concordia University, and John, a political scientist at the University of Victoria. VERDICT Recommended for history buffs.-Shauna Frischkorn, Millersville Univ., PA (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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"A book full of observations and pointed comments about Canada's role in NATO and in world politics of the time. Indeed, the text can serve as a brief introduction to Cold War politics." The Gazette
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In 1963, Warren Langford, a WWII air force veteran, travelled through Europe, North America, and Africa as part of the National Defence College's curriculum of Cold War training. During his time her bought a camera and produced some 200 slides of his travels. In this book his children bring his photographs back into view.
Main Description
In 1963, Warren Langford, a Second World War air force veteran and career public servant, travelled through Europe, North America, and Africa as part of the National Defence College's curriculum of Cold War training. During this time he bought a camera and produced some 200 slides of his travels. In A Cold War Tourist and His Camera his art historian daughter and political scientist son bring his photographs - an unexpected combination of iconic images of Cold War dangers and touristic snapshots - back into view.Martha Langford and John Langford examine their fat photographic experience, revealing the complexity of both the images and their creator. A Cold War Tourist and His Camera stages the family slide show as you've never seen it before.
Main Description
Martha Langford and John Langford examine their father's apparently innocuous photographic experience, revealing the complexity of both the images and their creator. An intelligent and personal look at the ways that the historical and the private are represented and remembered, A Cold War Tourist and His Camera stages the family slide show as you've never seen it before.

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