REPORTING: MICHAEL EDWARD MILLER
Between the States: Photographs of the American Civil War from the George Eastman House Collection is on display this summer at the Hunter Museum of American Art. It features more than one hundred photos, and it both commemorates the 150th anniversary of the war and highlights the differences between Civil War-era photography and modern war photography.
Katrina Craven, the Public Relations and Marketing Director for the museum, joins us to talk about the exhibit.
From the Hunter’s Web site:
Between the States: Photographs of the American Civil War from the George Eastman House Collection
May 8 – August 28, 2011
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of “Mr. Lincoln’s War,” Between the States: Photographs of the American Civil War from the George Eastman House Collection will feature a selection of historical photographs of the Civil War by photographers including George Barnard, Mathew Brady, and Alexander Gardner. The exhibition explores how photographers used the medium during this period to record the war, promote popular causes and commemorate those who sacrificed their lives.
This exhibition will include more than 100 facsimiles of seldom-seen items from the George Eastman House collection, including many images where the original object is too fragile to travel or be exhibited for the public. Selections of famous published works such as Photographic Views of Sherman’s Campaign and Gardner’s Sketchbook of the Civil War will be exhibited in addition to items only held at George Eastman House, such as pages from the album entitled The Lincoln Conspiracy and extremely rare photographs of the C.S.S. Alabama, a Confederate naval vessel.