Meetings of the Bookworm Club take place monthly, on the 3rd Wednesday of the month when a member of the Group introduces the work of a photographer of their choice. Interesting and varied!
Our May meeting will be led by Meirion Harries who is going to discuss the work of American Civil War photographer, Alexander Gardner.
Taking Alexander Gardner's 'Photographic Sketchbook of the Civil War' 1866 as the starting point, Meirion will explore the legacy of the photographers who went with the Armies, Union and Confederate, during the American Civil War. This was the first large scale conflict recorded by photography. Dozens of private individuals and government employees photographed soldiers, their camps, their meals, their generals, their marches, their hospitals, their deaths on the battlefield. Every camp had several portrait photographers operating - conferring immortality to the faces of this generation at war. Gardner was proud of the new technology: "Verbal representations ... may or may not have the merit of accuracy; but photographic presentments of them will be accepted by posterity with an undoubting faith." In this bloodiest of wars, photography came of age.
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