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20ogBook Reviews453 smallest, etc. Had she thought of it at the moment, she might have added "definitive ." This work will surely be die last word for years to come on Bywaters's contribution to the printmaker's art. It may even be definitive. But it is surely safe to describe it as authoritative. Jerry Bywaters's legacy seems securely situated on a three-legged stool lovingly constructed by the joint effort of Carraro, Ratcliffe, and now Niewyk, whose meticulously researched and well-written treatise will stand die test of time. The book itself is handsomely turned out with excellent reproductions of the lithographs, plus much of Bywaters's book illustration work. It is printed in double -columns with extra leading (spacing) between the lines in order to facilitate ease of reading. As a matter of convention, lengthy quotations are usually singlespaced , and are usually indented. Here, the indentions are inconsistent. These are matters that cannot, of course, blamed on an author because once that individual lets go his or her manuscript, it become the responsibility of a production manager to get it into print with a relentless eye on the bottom line. The author sums up the significance of Bywaters's contribution to Southwest regionalism, a contribution at once influential and long-lasting. StringlownAl Lowman A TexasJourney: The Centennial Photographs ofPolly Smith. By Evelyn Barker. (Dallas: Dallas Historical Society, 2008. Pp. 216. Illustrations, black and white plates, appendix, notes, bibliography, index. ISBN 9780980055702, $49.95 cloth.) The Dallas Historical Society has long been associated with important studies and exhibits that interpret the history of North Texas. With the publication of A TexasJourney it takes on a story that represents a broader, statewide perspective, albeit one with a strong Dallas connection. The backdrop is the Texas Centennial celebration of the mid-ig30s and the carefully crafted public imagery and promotion that went into the planning for that landmark event. What Texans and most notably Dallas leaders accomplished in that effort despite the economic limitations of die Great Depression is legendary, and the overwhelming success came in large part from tiiose who set the groundwork by marketing to the world the unique character of the state and its anniversary of independence. A TexasJourney represents the first book-length study of photographer Frances Sutah (Polly) Smith (1908-1980), who played an integral role in die centennial promotions through compelling images that helped define the Texas mystique and in turn attract untold visitors to the state in the 1930s. Author Evelyn Baker, a librarian at the University of Texas at Arlington and former curator of archival collections at the Dallas Historical Society, provides a detailed overview of Smith's life, tracking it through the various twists and turns of her formative Texas years in Whitney, Hillsboro, and Austin. In the process, Baker effectively establishes the unmistakable influence of Marion (Minnie) Burck Smith, Polly's resilient, resolute, and self-reliant mother. Although Polly Smith's interest in professional photography developed gradually , when she committed to it she sought the best training. In 1933, she traveled 454Southwestern Historical QuarterlyApril to New York and enrolled in the Clarence H. White School of Photography, whose former students included such noted photographers as Margaret BourkeWhite and Dorothea Lange. There, dirough the project method of instruction, she mastered die fundamental principles of technique, and in 1935 she returned to Texas in time to join in promotional efforts well underway for the Texas Centennial Exposition in Dallas. In her months-long assignment to document the state photographically, Smith traveled to all its regions, providing dramatic images of everyday Texas that national publications and focused marketing strategies soon spread widely. In the process, she effectively compiled die most extensive visual record of the state to that time. In her treatment of Smith, author Baker appropriately chose (with a few minor exceptions) to separate the photographer's life history from the abundance of large-format photos included in the book, allowing die images to speak for themselves, which they do effectively. Readers will appreciate die broad range of Smith's work diat includes layered complexities ("Crowd scene at Arlington Downs. Arlington, Texas," p. 83); dramatic simplicity ("Peppers. East Texas," p. 181); stark contrasts...


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