New Orleans Museum of Art
Photography and the American Civil War January 31 through May 4, 2014
Photography and the American Civil War More than 200 of the finest and most poignant photographs of the American Civil War have been brought together for the landmark exhibition Photography and the American Civil War, opening January 31 at New Orleans Museum of Art. Organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the exhibition will examine the evolving role of the camera during the nation’s bloodiest war. The “War between the States” was the great test of the young Republic’s commitment to its founding precepts; it was also a watershed in photographic history. The camera recorded from beginning to end the heartbreaking narrative of the epic four-year war (1861–1865) in which 750,000 lives were lost. This exhibition will explore, through photography, the full pathos of the brutal conflict that, after 150 years, still looms large in the American public’s imagination. Photography and the American Civil War is organized by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Major support for the New Orleans presentation is provided by Kitty and Stephen Sherrill and J.P. Morgan. Additional support for the exhibition is provided by Melanee and Steven Usdin.
ABOVE (DETAIL) [Captain Charles A. and Sergeant John M. Hawkins, Company E, “Tom Cobb Infantry,” Thirty-eighth Regiment, Georgia Volunteer Infantry], 1861–62; Unknown; Ambrotype; David Wynn Vaughan Collection, SL.4.2013.18.1; Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art COVER (DETAIL) Civil War Portrait Lockets, 1860s; Unknown; tintypes and albumen silver prints in brass, glass, sand shell enclosures; Brian D. Caplan Collection; Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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