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Photographic Memory: Civil War Photographs Selected from UMBC’s Photography Collections

Unknown Photographer
[Collage celebrating the 74th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry]
Ship Island, Mississippi, c. 1864
Albumen prints, ink on paper

April 9 – May 31, 2012

The American Civil War coincided with the early years of photography, and the images captured by the early practitioners of this art have helped to shape the memories of this central historical event. Technological limitations, artistic aspirations and societal expectations strongly impacted the images produced by photographers “documenting” the events of the Civil War. This exhibition will explore the art and artifice of Civil War photography, while revealing something about why each of the selected 81 images was produced.

Timothy O’Sullivan
Fredericksburg Battlefield
Frederickburg, Virginia, 1862
Albumen print
David Knox / Alexander Gardner
Incidents of War: A Fancy Group
Petersburg, Virginia, August, 1864
Albumen print

Public Program

4:00 pm
April 17, 2012

Myth, Memory, & the American Civil War
Anne Sarah Rubin, Associate Professor & Graduate Program Director, Department of History, UMBC

Civil War Photography & Historical Evidence
Tom Beck, Curator, Albin O. Kuhn Gallery, and Affiliate Associate Professor, Department of Visual Arts, UMBC

Reception to follow.
Free & open to the public


Exhibition views

The presentation of this exhibition is supported by an arts program grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support comes from the Friends of the Library & Gallery, the Libby Kuhn Foundation and individual contributions.

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