- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Rizzoli Ex Libris; First Edition edition (March 31, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0847845419
- ISBN-13: 978-0847845415
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
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The Photographer and the President: Abraham Lincoln, Alexander Gardner, and the Images that Made a Presidency Hardcover – March 31, 2015
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"That's what The Photographer and the President is — evocative. It's an impressionistic work. [Richard] Lowry isn't out to prove a theory. Instead, he's setting the experiences of Gardner and Lincoln next to each other in the text and noticing common themes and vision." -Chicago Tribune
About the Author
Richard Lowry is an award-winning teacher of English and film and media studies at the College of William & Mary. His books include Littery Man: Mark Twain and Modern Authorship, and works on photographers A.J. Russell and Lewis Hine.
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The basics of photography of the times, Antietam, Gettysburg, and coverage of the fate of Booth's cohorts make up the bulk what's here. Professor Lowry does a good job of explaining the art contained in many of Garner's finest plates, whether of President Lincoln or of the lonely dead left at the scene of grim battle.
Note for a future edition: John Hay was educated at Brown, not Princeton (p. 74).
For readers interested in this general subject, I highly recommend "Photography and the Civil War" by Jeff L. Rosenheim, a 2013 publication of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.