Stanford University
CESTA
California Time: Every Photograph is a History
This is a project about California and its history as told through modern photographs –largely contemporary landscape photographs by Jesse White. It intends to tell a history of California from what are now its margins –the edges of San Francisco and Los Angeles, and the Central Valley. The photographs are of some places rarely visited –the Tulare Basin, Mare Island, and Union Island. Others are well known but not central to modern California: Point Reyes and the San Gabriel River and San Gabriel mission.

The project uses pictures as guides to a past they still contain. It puts them in conversation with documents, maps, and other photographs. The conversations yield stories, and the stories a history.

Spatial History