When did modern photojournalism begin? With the events that demanded pictures? With photographers whose images, combined with text, turned a picture into an event? With publishers who produced the illustrated news and distributed it around the world? This talk will show where some nineteenth century Americans who shot the Civil War found their models. Mathew Brady (and his team) created romantic, patriotic accounts based on History Paintings. Alexander Gardner and his workers drew from the world of science, prizing the unmanipulated view. Yet Gardner added bodies to the battlefield, and Brady's romantic illustrations are now considered photographic facts. Mary Panzer PhD will show how these photojournalists exists staked out a middle ground that journalists carry on today.
The Invention of Photojournalism: Brady, Gardner and the American Civil War. By Mary Panzer Ph.D.
Edinburgh Photographic Society
68 Great King Street, Edinburgh
7.30 p.m. Admission by pre-booking only.
Image: Alexander Gardner (1821-1882), Bodies of Confederate dead gathered for burial after the Battle of Antietam, September 1862. Library of Congress website at www.loc.gov; reproduction number LC-DIG-cwpb-01094.