On Alexander Gardner's Photographic Sketch Book of the Civil War
"Lee and Young have admirably elucidated this foundational volume in the history of American photography by developing references that emerge from ... Show synopsis "Lee and Young have admirably elucidated this foundational volume in the history of American photography by developing references that emerge from prior readings of these images, as well as thoughtfully producing new ways of seeing the landscapes Gardner presents. The book makes available to a wide audience one of the most important photographic records of any war and certainly the most interesting visual record of the American Civil War. This is superior scholarship."--Shirley Samuels, author of "Facing America: Iconography and the Civil War" "Anthony Lee and Elizabeth Young's deceptively slim volume is a complex, enlightening, and elegant study of a significant Civil War-era document that also greatly enhances our understanding of nineteenth-century visual culture. The analysis and format of this collaborative effort will serve as a model for cultural scholarship for years to come."--Joshua Brown, author of "Beyond the Lines: Pictorial Reporting, Everyday Life, and the Crisis of Gilded Age America" "In this beautifully written analysis of one of the most important works of nineteenth-century American photography, Lee and Young restore Gardner's "Sketch Book" to its rightful place as a key document of American history. At once a report of a newsworthy event and a meditation on its historical meaning, Gardner's album is less unmediated reportage than a carefully constructed argument. In clear, lucid prose, Lee and Young help us understand just how Gardner made this work that helped fix the Civil War in American memory."--Martha A. Sandweiss, author of "Print the Legend: Photography and the American West"