American image Photographing one hundred fifty years in the by Martin W Sandler

By Martin W Sandler

For a hundred and fifty years the digital camera, within the fingers of either execs and amateurs, has been a continuing eyewitness to the demanding situations the rustic has confronted and to the folks who've formed its triumphs. images has captured the wonderful thing about an untamed land and recorded the force and ingenuity that settled the continent, remodeled the younger country into an commercial sizeable, and multiplied its horizons into the heavens. The digital camera has preserved the standard goings-on that, in any case, are the center of each society. most vital, photographers have recorded the indomitable spirit of our humans.

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There were so many initial volunteers that soon after the conflict began some 200,000 men had to be sent back to their homes due to lack of equipment. Hundreds of soldiers. Union and Confederate, their names lost to us forever, took the time to pose proudly in their new uniforms for daguerreotype and tintype photographers throughout the natioti. The images reveal the iyicredible youth y of so many that the of the soon-to-be combatants. Union army years old or than 100,000 less, It has been estimated iyicluded 800,000 youngsters seventeen who were under sixteen, and more were even younger.

Alexander Gardner wrote of one image taken by his fellow cameraman Timothy O'Sullivan, "Slowly, over the misty fields of Gettysburg came the sunless morn, after the retreat by Lee's broken army. Through the shadowy vapors, it was, indeed, a 'harvest of death' that was presented. Let Such a picture conveys a useful moral: them aid in preventing such another calamity falling upon the . . . . . " The war was over, but enormous problems remained. Despite Lincoln's determination to bring the southern slates back into the Union in as nonpunitive a way as possible, northern ccjiigressmen, made bold by the great leader's death, imposed harsh reccjnstructive measures on the South.

His daguerreotype is distinctive not only because of the "action" it portrays and the striking color that was added but also because it is one of America's earliest examples of photography used in a journalistic manner. George N. Barnard Oswego, New York, 1853 (left) Albert S. Soulhwurth and Josiah J. Hawes Boston, Massachusetts, c. 1855 (right) n 1846 W. I T. G. Norton was the first to use anesthesia on a patient undergoing surgery. " It was a period democracy was establishing itself strongly and permanently in the United States, a time also when a spirit of discovery and ad"era of the when venture pervaded America.

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