Civil War Photography

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Overview

  • The American Civil War created photojournalism through such photographers as Mathew Brady, Alexander Gardner and Timothy O'Sullivan. 

  • Nearly every Civil War soldier had his photograph taken by one of the more than 5,000 American photographers. 

  • The documentary photographers took thousands of images on the battlefields and in the army camps to bring the horror of battle to the home front.

  • The class examines the history of photography, and students use glasses to view a new exhibit of 3D images.

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Classes

  • Class 1 - Civil War Photographers: The photography of the Civil War stimulates our interest in the conflict.  The photographs are routinely used to illustrate the conflict.  Unfortunately, the photographs are used without explaining how and why the images were made. This class will discuss the technology and people behind these images.

  • Class 2 - Civil War Photographs: This class will take a tour of some of the photographs, including 3D images. Please click the link to order one or more glasses.

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Revised 10/02/2013