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The Civil War in Color: A Photographic Reenactment of the War Between the States Hardcover – November 6, 2012
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However, Guntzelman has researched descriptions of his subjects to enhance the accuracy of his color representations. Having wide latitude in civilian, especially women’s, clothing, he has created believable color depictions of women and men’s attire. His images are stunning, clear and haunting, and have almost a high definition, 3-D quality.
The book covers such topics as ordinary citizens, slaves, soldiers, war machines, destruction, Abraham Lincoln and casualties. Included are original images to compare with the colored images of Guntzelman’s work. As an extra bonus, a pull-out photo is provided for the reader to examine and keep.
Not only have images of people been colorized but also buildings, ships, cannons, trenches and countrysides. The colorized image of Robert E. Lee’s Gettysburg headquarters is excellent, as are a 15-inch Rodman gun and a pontoon bridge spanning the James River, to name a few. The 1865 image of the McLean house at Appomattox Court House by Timothy O’Sullivan could easily be mistaken for a modern-day photograph.
To assist those who wish to delve deeper into the Civil War, Guntzelman provides two pages of books and websites to visit. In addition, he lists additional sources on Civil War photography.
This work is highly recommended and will be a source of enjoyment for many years to come . . . a real bargain for the serious and amateur collector of reference material on Civil War history." —Civil War News
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My only real criticism is that I would like to have seen an expanded section on how the work was accomplished. The author does go into a little detail about how he researched the correct colors but the explanation of the technical methods emplyed is only a few sentences. A few paragraphs and perhaps a few illustrations regarding the process would have added a lot of interest.
Still, its an incredibel piece of work. If you are interested in Civil War photography I think you'll want a copy of this book.
Guntzelman's description of his approach to colorizing the photos, including the painstaking research he undertook to maximize integrity to the colors--eye and hair colors, the color of cloth and dyes available back then, even the difference between a color in shade and in bright sunlight--indicate that this was a labor of love by a highly skilled artist. I highly recommend this book for the photographs and the information it provides, but mostly because it moved me well beyond what I expected from the title.
As an experienced cinematographer John C. Guntzelman has merged his knowledge of 21st century photographic technology and his passion for the American Civil War and created "The Civil War in Color: A Photographic Reenactment of the War Between the States," a coffee table sized book of colorized images from the Civil War.
Having carefully colorized some of the most iconic images from America's greatest conflict, Mr. Guntzelman has resurrected them from the dusty and murky past and gives them a reality and an immediacy that they have never had before. The colorized photograph of Alexander Gardener's February 5th, 1865 portrait of Abraham Lincoln (on page 24) looks as if he were sitting for the portrait today, and gives him a humanity that is somewhat removed from the original photograph.
Guntzelman's colorizations are, however, somewhat hit-and-miss. The blue uniforms in portraits of Union Generals in the front of the book, such as Ulysses S. Grant, William Sherman, Philip Sheridan seem to be too much of a vibrant blue.Read more ›
As I said, Guntzelman did an amazing job bring these images to life, but opening the book, one of the first set of pictures is of Federal Generals U.S. Grant, William T. Sherman, George Meade,and Gerorge A. Custer. I was TOTALLY disapointed in the color of blue he uses for their officer's uniforms. First, Federal officer uniforms were privately purchased by the individual, not issued by the govenment. They all tended to be a very darker blue than the enlistedman's uniforms, but in these images, as thoughout the book, Guntzelman has the Federal officers uniforms (especially the coats) a bright blue, almost boarderng on purple, which is a trait of "modern dye, not the indego dye used during The Civil War. I was so disappointed I had a hard time looking at those images.Read more ›
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A wonderful book! The colorization of the photos I have seen for years just brought them to life! Detail in the photos can be seen that may have been missed as black and white... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Big Lou Z
Saw this book awhile back in the bookstore and did not realize that the pictures had been colorized. Read morePublished 7 months ago by C6
This book is worth every penny that it costs. It brings history to 'light, life and COLOR". The color brings such an impact to what was once just ordinary photos. Read morePublished 9 months ago by M. Wilson
JOHN C GUNTZELMAN, YOU DID A FANTASTIC JOB BRINGING THESE PHOTOS TO LIFE. . I AM NOT A HISTORY BUFF BY ANY MEANS, BUT THESE PAGES HAD ME CAPTIVATED. GLAD I PURCHASED IT. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
I purchased this on clearance from Barnes & Noble for $6.49. I love it!!!! The color adds a certain factor that makes those photos that we are only used to seeing in shades of... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Juan Sanchez
An incredible table book the paperstock is wonderful the images are fantastic and Mr. Guntzelman nailed the African-American colorization I am proud of this bookPublished 13 months ago by Charles M Turner
Excellent pictures that I have never seen. A great gift that has been appreciated. Pictures of people, cities and weapons all colorizedPublished 13 months ago by alfred e abaunza jr