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Apr 3, 2013 American Civil War (1861-1865: Robin Stanford Civil War Photography Collection 
 
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The Robin Stanford Civil War Photography Collection
DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University
 
Over the course of forty years of collecting, Robin Stanford has amassed an exceptional group of Civil War photographs. The most striking aspect of her collection is not only the sheer quantity of images, mostly stereographs, but the number of rare views by almost unknown photographers and in locations not much documented.
 
Many iconic Civil War photographs, for example, Alexander Gardner’s pictures of the dead at Gettysburg, have often been reproduced and Robin Stanford’s collection has dozens of those important images. However, most Civil War battles went unrecorded, and the majority of photographs were taken in Virginia, the Charleston area, and at Antietam and Gettysburg. Outside those regions, few wartime photographs exist. Many of these rare images are represented in the Stanford collection. A particular strength in this collection is Southern views by local photographers – those that illustrate prewar plantation life. Views by northern photographers who went into occupied areas of the South with Union troops are another strength. Robin Stanford’s purposeful collecting has created an extraordinary documentary record, as vivid today as it was 150 years ago.
 
The Civil War defined and galvanized who we are as a nation. Virtually every American sustained the collective trauma of loss, having a relative or acquaintance who was wounded, dead, or missing. The Civil War lasted four grueling years, from April 1861 to April 1865, and it was the most devastating conflict in U.S. history, killing more Americans than all other wars combined. At the war’s end, damage to property and land was overwhelming, and, in much of the South, it took more than 50 years to recover. The South’s economy and society were radically altered.
 
A few sobering facts stand out regarding the Civil War. The statistics are staggering for human loss with more than 750,000 men killed and almost 500,000 wounded from a population of 31 million Americans. One in ten men of age to serve died as a result of the war. For most Civil War soldiers, death did not come from wounds in battle, however, but from disease in camp. The 150th anniversary of the Civil War has encouraged people today to look to the past to find an explanation for the conflict, to consider the life of a relative, or to review fighting in a specific area. The four-year sesquicentennial and anniversaries of various historic events have brought a new wave of interest in the war to the American public.
 
Questions regarding the Stanford Civil War Photography Collection, contact:
 
Anne E. Peterson
Curator of Photographs
DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University
PO Box 750396
Dallas, TX 75275-0396
 
214-768-2661
 
apeterso@smu.edu
 
DeGolyer website: http://smu.edu/cul/degolyer/
 
Online images: http://digitalcollections.smu.edu/all/cul/
Flickr images: http://www.flickr.com/photos/smu_cul_digitalcollections/ 
  
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Exhibition: American Civil War (1861-1865: Robin Stanford Civil War Photography Collection 
  
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Apr 2, 2013 Martine Franck 
 
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To remember the birth of Martine Franck
(1938, 2 April - 2012, 16 August)
 
Photojournalist with Magnum and second wife of Henri Cartier-Bresson.
 
Young dancers, Ballet Moisseev
 
Martine Franck
Young dancers, Ballet Moisseev
2000
 
Gelatin silver print
12 x 16 / 16 x 20
 
HackelBury Fine Art Ltd
 
LL/1562 
  
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Apr 1, 2013 Etienne Carjat 
 
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Take time today to remember Etienne Carjat
(1828, 1 April - 1906)
 
French industrial designer, caricaturist, writer and photographer. His portrait of the French author Charles Baudelaire is probably his most famous photograph but here I've included his portrait of Victor Hugo.
 
Victor Hugo
 
Etienne Carjat
Victor Hugo
1860
 
Albumen print
48.26 x 39.05 cm (19 x 15 3/8 in.)
 
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Lucy Dalbiac Luard Fund, Accession number: 1998.75
 
LL/46578 
  
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Mar 31, 2013 Paul Strand 
 
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Raise a glass to the memory of photographer Paul Strand
(1890, 16 October - 1976, 31 March)
 
American photographer who started out as a pictorialist but who evolved into a modernist as his social concerns developed. He produced books based upon his extended visits to Italy, Egypt, Ghana and the Outer Hebrides.
 
His films included:
 
Manhatta (1921) - by Paul Strand and Charles Sheeler
The Wave (1936)
The Plow That Broke the Plains (1936)
The Heart of Spain (1937)
Native Land (1942)
It's Up to You (1943)
 
Abstraction, Twin Lakes, Connecticut
 
Paul Strand
Abstraction, Twin Lakes, Connecticut
1916
 
Silver-platinum print
32.8 x 24.4 cm (12 15/16 x 9 5/8 in)
 
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Copyright ® 2000-2005 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. - Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987 (1987.1100.10)
 
LL/6342 
  
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Mar 30, 2013 Lisette Model 
 
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As it is Easter time and spring is arriving have an ice cream cone to remember photographer Lisette Model
(1901, 10 November - 1983, 30 March)
 
Coney Island Bather, NY (Large woman on the beach)
 
Lisette Model
Coney Island Bather, NY (Large woman on the beach)
1942 (ca)
 
Gelatin silver print
15 1/2 x 19 1/2 ins
 
National Gallery of Canada
Photo © National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. © Estate Lisette Model

 
LL/33270
 
Berenice Abbott stated: "She [Model] uses the camera with her entire body as an extension of the eye itself . . . To look at life unblinkingly. . . . Lisette said: 'Don't shoot 'till the subject hits you in the pit of your stomach.'"
 
Berenice Abbott, Preface, Lisette Model (Millerton, NY: Aperture, 1979), 8-9. 
  
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Mar 29, 2013 Nick Ut 
 
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Happy Birthday to Nick Ut
(Born: 1951, 29 March)
 
He took the photograph of the young naked Kim Phuc running down the road in Vietnam after being burnt by napalm. The horrific photograph has become an iconic image of the inhumanity of war and the photographer was awarded a Pulitzer Prize
 
Kim Phuc and Nick Ut
 
Mikhail Kudish
Kim Phuc and Nick Ut 2012, 8 June
 
Black and white image
Provided by the artist - Mikhail Kudish
 
LL/48664
 
This photograph was taken at the Royal Fairmont Hotel, Toronto, on the 40th anniversary of famous picture of Kim Phuc by Nick Ut taken during the Vietnam War. 
  
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Mar 28, 2013 André Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri 
 
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Time for coffee and a croissant to celebrate the birthday of photographer, innovator and bankrupt André Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri
(1819, 28 March - 1889, 4 October)
 
French photographer who in November 1854 took out a patent for carte-de-visite. His system produced a negative that could take multiple images thus producing a cheaper version of the carte de visite and ensuring its tremendous popularity. He also took photographs of the rebellion of the Paris Commune in 1871.
 
Louis Mérante, a dancer and choreographer with the Paris Opéra
 
André Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri
Louis Mérante, a dancer and choreographer with the Paris Opéra
n.d.
 
Carte de visite, uncut sheet
Courtesy of Paul Frecker
 
LL/12070 
  
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Exhibition: The Second Empire through the Lens of A.A.E. Disdéri 
  
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Mar 27, 2013 Antoine Hercules Romauld Florence 
 Today you'll require a caipirinha to celebrate the life of inventor Antoine Hercules Romauld Florence
(1804, 29 February - 1879, 27 March)
 
Brazilian resident who, it has been claimed, independently invented photography in around 1832/1833 and may have preceded Fox Talbot and Daguerre. The evidence for this is uncertain and at times ambiguous.
 
Portrait of Antoine Hércules Romuald Florence
 
Hercules Florence
Portrait of Antoine Hércules Romuald Florence (1804-1879)
1879 (before)
 
LL/33337 
  
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Mar 26, 2013 Harold Chapman 
 
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Raise a glass of Bordeaux to celebrate the birth of photographer Harold Chapman
(Born: 1927, 26 March)
 
English photographer who recorded Paris and London in the 1950s and 60s. He has carried out picture research and been a freelance photographer through most of his long life.
 
Meat Express, Les Halles, Paris
Harold Chapman
Meat Express, Les Halles, Paris
1960s
Gelatin silver print
OMC Gallery for Contemporary Art
© Harold Chapman, Courtesy of OMC Gallery
 
LL/16474 
  
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Exhibition: Harold Chapman: A Retrospective 1947-2007 
  
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Mar 25, 2013 Edward Steichen 
 
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Time to remember the passing of photographer Edward Steichen
1879, 27 March - 1973, 25 March
 
One of the great photographers who was a master of Pictorialism, Modernism, Fashion, Military photography in both the First and Second World Wars and so much more including the 1945 Academy Award for Best Documentary for "The Fighting Lady". He also curated "The Family of Man" - a true professional.
 
Mask of Goethe and Spiral
Edward Steichen
Mask of Goethe and Spiral
1932 (taken) 1960s (print)
 
Gelatin silver print
35 x 28 cm
 
Bassenge Photography Auctions
Auction (17 June 2009, Sale 93, Lot 4573)
 
LL/32540 
  
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