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Gardner's Photographic Sketch Book of the War

These are battles that are forever etched in America’s memories. The man who captured some of the most horrific images during the War Between the States was Alexander Gardner, an intrepid Scotsman, a jeweler’s apprentice of Calvinist upbringing, a newspaper publisher, entrepreneur and photographer. Gardner’s historically significant compilation of images, his Photographic Sketch Book of the War, is one of the most acclaimed photographic books ever published, and yet little known. Published in 1866 in two stunning volumes and with an original price tag of $150, only 200 copies were ever printed, with fewer than 14 remaining intact to this day. A complete set of the works sold at Christie's in 2009 for $92,500, beating the $40,000 - $60,000 pre-auction estimate.

As America remembers the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Conflict, this publisher's (Tehrkot Media) goal is to bring this work of art and these images back to life and to make it widely available to those around the country, as well as around the world, who share their love of photography as well as the history of this great era.

This app is a faithful re-publication of Gardner's 1866 masterpiece where you can enjoy:· Alexander Gardner’s original introduction from 1866.· Beautifully illustrated title page by renowned Civil War artist Alfred R. Waud.· 100 Civil War images with accompanying captions written by Alexander Gardner between 1865-66, shortly after the cessation of hostilities.· Biographies of photographer Alexander Gardner as well as acclaimed illustrator, Alfred R. Waud.· Information on how photographers operated in the field during the early days of battlefield photography.· Analysis of a number of Civil War photographs explaining how the photographers staged them in an effort to heighten the dramatic effect of the images, which captured the essence of the War.· Share your favorite photographs with friends and family either through email or buy them a print of an image to hang on their wall.

Details of this iPad app can be found here, and if you don't have one yet - no worries - some of the images can be found here. A BPH blog on this historic book from this legendary Scotsman can be found here too.

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