Stories in Photography and the American Civil War

Photographer as Subject

Maleficent Twemlow (a.k.a. Anna), TAG Member

Posted: Thursday, May 2, 2013

Henry P. Moore (American, 1833–1911) | Negroes (Gwine to de Field), Hopkinson's Plantation, Edisto Island, South Carolina | 2005.100.1137

Sometimes, in discrete moments of boredom-induced reflection, I begin to think about why certain things have survived from the past and others haven't. I wonder whether it is through sheer dumb luck that some artworks are preserved while others are lost, and whether the creators of the surviving works had any idea that their work would last for so long and be seen by so many eyes.

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When Sitting on a Porch Means So Much More

Kristen, TAG Member

Posted: Monday, April 22, 2013

Alexander Gardner (American, 1821–1882) | Brigadier General Gustavus A. DeRussy and Staff on Steps of Arlington House, Arlington, Virginia | 1986.1166.2

Curator Jeff L. Rosenheim recently spoke to the Teen Advisory Group about the current exhibition Photography and the American Civil War. As part of his talk, he showed us an 1864 photograph of Union soldiers posing on the front steps of Robert E. Lee's Virginia home, which the government had confiscated in 1861.

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Historical Photographs: Windows into the Past

Genevieve, TAG Member

Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2013

Timothy H. O'Sullivan | A Harvest of Death, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania | 2005.100.1201

Photographs play an important role in history by documenting moments in time. When people look at historical photographs, they are able to peer into worlds they previously could only imagine.

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This blog, written by the Metropolitan Museum's Teen Advisory Group (TAG) and occasional guest authors, is a place for teens to talk about art at the Museum and related topics.