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Civil War Photography

Posted By on June 4, 2012

  • 1860s Photographic Techniques
    • daguerreotype. Library of Congress collection and description of daguerreotype method
    • calotype. University of Oxford website describing this process, with examples
    • ambrotype. site discussing photographic process popular during civil war, using positive images rather than the familiar negatives
    • tintype. Video showing how this variation of the ambrotypes were made.
    • carte de viste (CDV). American Museum of Photography exhibition on these small photographs that could be mailed and were very popular in the period.
  • Photographic Equipment. Civil War Reenactors Site has many images of civil war era photo equipment
  • Books on Civil War Photography
    • Garrison, Webb. (2011). Brady’s Civil War: A Collection of memorable Civil War Images Photographed by Matthew Brady and his assistants. (revised edition). Lyons Press. 256 pages. ISBN:9780762770755. $24.95. Book showcasing the work and career of the most famous photographer from the civil war, Matthew Brady.
    • Gardener, Alexander. Gardner’s Photographic Sketchbook of the Civil War.Dover Publications. $16.95 Brady’s chief photographer during the Civil War first published this collection of his photos in 1866. A true photography classic.
    • Civil War Photos. (CD and book) Dover Publications, part of Dover Electronic Clip art Series. $14.95. 153 civil war era photos in a book and in professional quality images on disc.
    • Portraits of Conflict: A Photographic History series.University of Arkansas Press. A nine-volume series, each volume focusing on one southern state during the war, telling that state’s war experience through photographs.
  • Web Resources
  • Gratz Digital Collection. As part of the Digital Soldier files of the Gratz Historical Society available at its library, about 100 civil war era photographs are available as digital files that can be bought as files or printed as photographs.



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