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Feb 10, 2015. - Jul 5, 2015.

Shooting Lincoln

Photography and the 16th President

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Alexander Gardner, Abraham Lincoln, platinum print, Nov. 8, 1863, printed ca. 1890. Click to enlarge.

The presidency of Abraham Lincoln coincided with major scientific advances in photography, allowing Mathew Brady, Alexander Gardner, and other professional photographers to capture his image in studio portraits and on the battlefields of the Civil War. After his death, photos of the funeral ceremonies helped the nation grieve and heal.

Featuring more than 70 rarely exhibited works, including many from the Chrysler’s David L. Hack Collection of vintage Civil War photos, this exhibition provides a vivid portrait of a great leader as we commemorate the 150th anniversary of his death.

This exhibition will be on view Feb. 10 / July 5, and admission is free.

For a video of curator Alex Mann discussing the show with the Daily Press of Newport News, click here. For a review by the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, click here.

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Alexander Gardner, President Lincoln on Battle-field, Antietam; albumen print, October, 1862; printed 1865. Click to enlarge.