The Documentary Photograph as a Work of Art: American Photographs 1860-1876

The art and science of photography was utilized during the Civil War and immediately afterwards to report on the progress of military campaigns and westward expansion.

Even at this early moment when the purpose of photography was largely reportorial, photographers like Matthew Brady, Alexander Gardner, Timothy O’Sullivan, George Bernard, and others whose work is examined here, were already concerned with making aesthetic choices in these seemingly straightforward documentations of the sufferings of war.


Joel Snyder and Doug Munson with a foreward by Edward A. Maser

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