Between the States: Photographs from the American Civil War 

 


James Gardner. RUINS OF NORFOLK NAVY YARD, VIRGINIA from Gardner's Photographic Sketch Book of the War, vol. II,  1864. Collection of George Eastman House.

March 31–May 13, 2012

An exhibition commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, Between the States presents a selection of well-known Civil War images by photographers such as George Barnard, Mathew Brady, and Alexander Gardner. Organized by the George Eastman House, the exhibition features over 100 images from 1862 to 1900 including reproductions from original albumen prints, ambrotypes, cartes de visites, cabinet cards, and tintypes.

Photography played an important role in bringing the sobering reality of the American Civil War to the public.  Images of sweeping battlefields, fortress interiors, and infamous prisons set the scene for the public. Portraits of famous persons of the time include Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, Jefferson Davis, Sojourner Truth, Tom Thumb, Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Beecher Stowe, John Brown, and Susan B. Anthony.

Between the States: Photographs from the American Civil War is organized by the George Eastman House.