The Graduate Center - City University of New York


Anthony Lee, professor of art history at Mount Holyoke College, discusses the broad range and types of photographs taken during the Civil War and ponders why some have received more attention than others. This talk took place on July 10, 2012, as part of The Visual Culture of the American Civil War, an NEH Summer Institute for College and University Teachers.



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Davis, Keith F. “‘A Terrible Distinctness:’’ Photography of the Civil War Era,” in Photography in Nineteenth-Century America.” Edited by Martha A. Sandweiss. New York, 1991.

Frassanito, William. Gettysburg: A Journey in Time. New York, 1975.

Lee, Anthony W., and Young, Elizabeth. On Alexander Gardner’s Photographic Sketch Book of The Civil War. Berkeley, 2007.

Trachtenberg, Alan. Reading American Photographs: Images as History, Mathew Brady to Walker Evans. New York, 1989.


Selected Civil War Photographs (Library of Congress)

Mathew Brady Civil War Photographs (National Archives)

Civil War Faces (Library of Congress)

Pictures of the Civil War: Select Audiovisual Records (national Archives)

Civil War Photo Galleries (Shorpy)