The Blue and Gray in Black and White: A History of Civil War Photography

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2005 - History - 224 pages
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The first complete narrative history of Civil War photography, this work brings together the remarkable experiences of M.B. Brady, Alexander Gardner, George S. Cook, and other photographers, many of whom had careers stretching back more than two decades to the dawn of American photography in 1839. Step by step throughout the war, American photographers, North and South, advanced their craft to new heights, acting independently, but seemingly as if part of one great team, moved to act by a spirit in their feet. With their wet plate cameras, they produced many firsts, including the first combat action photographs, the first photo essays of news events as they happened, and the first photos deemed so controversial that they were censored by the federal government. Zeller also examines the impact of photography on average Americans.

The American Civil War was extensively photographed, not only to preserve history, but because the leading American photographers realized that they could make a profit by mass marketing the images. Complete with more than 150 illustrations, including previously unpublished Civil War images, as well as all known Civil War battle action photos, this work fills a huge gap in the history of America's greatest conflict. It tells the stories of the men who created the images that students of history know so well, men whose personal legacies became confused by myths and misinformation, were shrouded in obscurity, or have simply not been documented--until now.

 

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Histories of the Civil War are frequently illustrated with memorable images created by the intrepid photographers who followed the troops to camp, battle, and prison. How and why these early ... Read full review

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Contents

THE ERA OF THE AMERICAN DAGUERREOTYPE
1
THE ROOTS OF CELEBRITY
17
THE REBELS SHOOT FIRST
31
BRADY AT BULL RUN
49
GARDNER AT ANTIETAM
65
EMBEDDED WITH THE TROOPS
83
GETTYSBURG
101
THE DAWN OF COMBAT PHOTOGRAPHY
119
PHOTOGRAPHERS ON THE MARCH
139
THE END FINALLY COMES
159
THE YEARS AFTER THE WAR
175
THE JOURNEY OF THE NEGATIVES
189
NOTES
201
INDEX
215
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Bob Zeller is author of The Civil War in Depth, Volumes One and Two, the groundbreaking stereoscopic photo histories of the Civil War. He is a founder and president of The Center for Civil War Photography, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to the study, presentation, and preservation of all aspects of Civil War photography.

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