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Photography and the American Civil War

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By Jeff Rosenheim

Six hundred thousand lives were lost between 1861 and 1865, making the conflict between North and South the nation's deadliest war. If the "War Between the States" was the test of the young republic's commitment to its founding precepts, it was also a watershed in photographic history, as the camera recorded the epic, heartbreaking narrative from beginning to endproviding those on the home front, for the first time, with immediate visual access to the horrors of the battlefield.

Photography and the American Civil War features both familiar and rarely seen images that include haunting battlefield landscapes strewn with bodies, studio portraits of armed Confederate and Union soldiers (sometimes in the same family) preparing to meet their destiny, rare multi-panel panoramas of Gettysburg and Richmond, languorous camp scenes showing exhausted troops in repose, diagnostic medical studies of wounded soldiers who survived the war's last bloody battles, and portraits of both Abraham Lincoln and his assassin, John Wilkes Booth.

Published on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg (1863), this beautifully produced book features Civil War photographs by George Barnard, Mathew Brady, Alexander Gardner, Timothy O'Sullivan, and many others.

By Jeff Rosenheim

Six hundred thousand lives were lost between 1861 and 1865, making the conflict between North and South the nation's deadliest war. If the "War Between the States" was the test of the young republic's commitment to its founding precepts, it was also a watershed in photographic history, as the camera recorded the epic, heartbreaking narrative from beginning to endproviding those on the home front, for the first time, with immediate visual access to the horrors of the battlefield.

Photography and the American Civil War features both familiar and rarely seen images that include haunting battlefield landscapes strewn with bodies, studio portraits of armed Confederate and Union soldiers (sometimes in the same family) preparing to meet their destiny, rare multi-panel...See More

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  • Publisher: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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  • Pages: 288
  • Illustrations: 303 in full color
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Dimensions: 11'' x 9''
  • ISBN: 9780300191806
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazingly graphic and detailed! I was able to visit the exhibit, but the book makes it much easier to review the material and absorb the incredible impact of the civil war.
Date published: 2013-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb catalog I showed the book to a friend, who's a specialist of War images at UQAM University, and she recognized the high quality of this catalog. She said that many pictures in the book are well-known, but they are presented with their frame, which recreate their original context of presentation. Great Quality !
Date published: 2015-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MIA I received a box of Christmas cards instead of the Civil War book. However, customer service was more than generous, allowing me to keep the cards and quickly sending the book. The book is a Christmas gift for me, so I haven't seen inside the cover yet!
Date published: 2015-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful book This was given as a gift and I had little time to look through it. But I did note that it is a beautiful book, full of photographs and information. It would be great for a photographer or historian -- or for anyone just interested in that time period.
Date published: 2014-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great record of early photography Many of us had ancestors who fought in the Civil War. This catalog teaches us much about the period and participants. And we can learn about treasured photos of our ancestors.
Date published: 2017-12-09
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