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PICTURES OF LONGING event at the Norwegian-American Historical Association's Spring Member Meetup with Sigrid Lien

When Apr 30, 2019
from 05:00 PM to 07:00 PM
Where Norway House, 913 E Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55404
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Pictures of Longing (Sigrid Lien)Sigrid Lien will be at the Norwegian-American Historical Association's Spring Member Meetup on Tuesday, April 30 at 5:00 p.m. for a discussion and signing of her new book, Pictures of Longing: Photography and the Norwegian–American Migration. Registration is required. Tickets are available here or by calling the NAHA office at 507-786-3221.


Sigrid Lien brings more than 250 America–photographs into focus as a moving account of Norwegian migration in the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, conceived of and crafted by its photographer-authors to shape and reshape their story. Reading these photographs alongside letters from Norwegian immigrants, Lien provides the first comprehensive account of this collective photographic practice involving “the voice of the many.”


"Pictures of Longing provides an intriguing new perspective on the immigration story, told both through Sigrid Lien’s careful selection of photographs and through her accompanying text, which brilliantly interprets these visual images. Instead of using photographs to illustrate the text (as in most immigration histories), the text is used here to show the reader how to interpret them. After reading this book you will never look at photographs the same way again." —Solveig Zempel, author of In Their Own Words: Letters from Norwegian Immigrants

"This exhaustively researched book, written in a highly readable style, presents a gold-mine of material for anyone interested in Scandinavian-American history, immigrant history, history of the Midwest, Norwegian history, and the history of American photography. Developments in photographic technology and distribution at the turn of the past century made it possible for the great wave of Norwegians arriving in the United States at that time to keep up contact with their homeland and present detailed records of their encounter with a new country. This excellent study brings these people and the experience of immigration to life." —Linda Haverty Rugg, University of California, Berkeley

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