September 27 - January 5

Photography and the American Civil War


More than two hundred of the finest and most poignant photographs of the American Civil War have been brought together for this landmark exhibition. Through examples drawn from the Metropolitan Museum of Art's celebrated holdings of this material, complemented by important loans from public and private collections, 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 (18611865) in which 750,000 lives were lost. This traveling 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 organzed by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. It will travel to the New Orleans Museum of Art in January.

This exhibition is made possible by the generous support of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, Susan and Robert Rosen, Gibbes, etc., Women's Council, and Stitch, A Design Co.

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[Captain Charles A. and Sergeant John M. Hawkins, Company E, "Tom Cobb Infantry," Thirty-eighth Regiment, Georgia Volunteer Infantry], 186162; quarter-plate ambrotype with applied color; David Wynn Vaughan Collection.