New PDF release: Charles Ellis Johnson and the Erotic Mormon Image

By Mary Campbell

On September 25, 1890, the Mormon prophet Wilford Woodruff publicly advised his fans to desert polygamy. In doing so, he initiated a strategy that might essentially regulate the Latter-day Saints and their religion. buying and selling the main imperative components in their trust approach for nationwide attractiveness, the Mormons recreated themselves as version Americans.

Mary Campbell tells the tale of this amazing spiritual transformation in Charles Ellis Johnson and the Erotic Mormon Image. one of many church’s favourite photographers, Johnson (1857–1926) spent the Nineties and early 1900s shooting of Mormonism’s such a lot respected figures and sacred websites. even as, he did a brisk enterprise in mail-order erotica, growing and promoting stereoviews that he known as his “spicy photographs of girls.” Situating those pictures in the non secular, inventive, and felony tradition of turn-of-the-century the US, Campbell finds the unforeseen ways that they labored to carry the Saints into the nation’s mainstream after the scandal of polygamy.

Engaging, interdisciplinary, and deeply researched, Charles Ellis Johnson and the Erotic Mormon Image demonstrates the profound function photos performed within the production of either the fashionable Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the fashionable American nation.

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