March 28, 2020
2702 Hoyt Ave.
Everett, WA 98201
Photography during the Civil War--A Puget Sound Civil War Roundtable event
Saturday, March 28, 2020
Ed Malles of the Puget Sound Civil War Roundtable will discuss the stunning Civil War Photographs of Matthew Brady and other Civil War battlefield photographers.
Legendary newspaper editor Horace Greeley once
said that photographer Matthew Brady brought the horrors of the Civil War to
everyone's breakfast table with the morning newspaper.
Malles will begin with photography’s invention in 1839 and advancements in photographic technology to 1861, followed by a look at Brady’s evolution as a photographer in the 1850s, his commitment to covering the war, and his life afterward.
Malles will place Brady’s work in context, discuss the particular problems faced by photographers in the field, will show some iconic Civil War images, and will discuss photography's impact on society during this period of national trauma.
We have seen many of these stark images, but few of us know the men behind the cameras and the difficulties—technical, financial and personal—they overcame to bring those images to the morning newspaper.
Ed Malles has taught Civil War History at Rollins College, Trinity Preparatory School, and numerous Elderhostels. He has presented programs at Civil War Round Tables in Washington, Virginia, South Carolina, and Florida. He was editor of “Bridge Building in Wartime – The Memoir of Col. Wesley Brainerd, 50th New York Volunteer Engineers,” published by the University of Tennessee Press in 1997.