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Lisa McCarty’s New Book Explores the History of the Transcendentalists

May 18, 2018

By Conor Risch

© Lisa McCarty from the book Transcendental Concord, published by Radius Books.

Portraits of Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson, from Lisa McCarty’s new book, Transcendental Concord. McCarty followed in the footsteps of the Transcendentalists, creating a book in their spirit that encourages readers to explore a 19th century American philosophical movement.

When Lisa McCarty was making her first images as a photography student, she was also studying Ralph Waldo Emerson’s book Nature and Henry David Thoreau’s Walden; or, Life in the Woods. “I remember taking walks with my first film camera and I would have those books in my bag, and I remember consciously moving back and forth between” the books...

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