The Nature of Lake Tahoe
356 pages, 10 1/2 x 12
49 color plates, 188 duotones
Release Date:15 Jan 2022

The Nature of Lake Tahoe

A Photographic History, 1860–1960

University of New Mexico Press

The Sierra Nevada contains three national parks, twenty wilderness areas, and two national monuments. Lake Tahoe, the largest alpine lake in North America, is its crown jewel. A premier destination for tourists and environmentalists and the traditional home of the Washoe people, the history of Lake Tahoe and the Tahoe Basin is a complex mixture of geology, conquest and resettlement, industry, adventure, and grand vistas. Preserving this rich history through an extensive collection of archival images, Peter Goin presents a photographic history of the Tahoe Basin over a hundred-year period in The Nature of Lake Tahoe. With more than two hundred duotone and color photographs, this collection showcases Tahoe's elemental identity, including photographs never before reproduced and large-scale panoramic landscapes that appear in visually stunning gatefolds. Readers will be delighted by the many restored photographs that provide evidence that Lake Tahoe is what it is today in large part because of its dramatic visual history.

Peter Goin has assembled an impressive collection of rare photos combined with historical and natural science narratives in a moving and engaging retrospective of a key period at Lake Tahoe. It is a must-read for anyone interested in the compelling and unique history of the Tahoe region.'--David C. Antonucci, author of Fairest Picture: Mark Twain at Lake Tahoe
This brilliant collection of images showcases what makes Lake Tahoe such an exquisite and magical place. The author has assembled an extraordinary array of historical photographs taken between 1860 and 1960 that document how people have encountered, enjoyed, transformed, and imagined one of North America's great high-country lakes.'--William Wyckoff, author of Riding Shotgun with Norman Wallace: Rephotographing the Arizona Landscape
Peter Goin is a University of Nevada, Reno Foundation professor of art in photography and time-based media. He is the author and coauthor of many books, including Nuclear Landscapes; A New Form of Beauty: Glen Canyon Beyond Climate Change; Time and Time Again: History, Rephotography, and Preservation in the Chaco World; and Stopping Time: A Rephotographic Survey of Lake Tahoe (UNM Press).
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