Photography and the American Civil War

The exhibition is made possible by The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation.

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Collecting the American Civil War

Program information

In conjunction with the exhibition Photography and the American Civil War (on view April 2–September 2, 2013), Jeff L. Rosenheim, Curator in Charge, Department of Photographs, moderates this conversation between Michael J. McAfee, Curator, West Point Museum, United States Military Academy, and David Wynn Vaughan, collector.

Recorded April 26, 2013

and the American Civil War

April 2–September 2, 2013

Accompanied by a catalogue and a Now at the Met article

More than two hundred of the finest and most poignant photographs of the American Civil War have been brought together for this landmark exhibition. Through examples drawn from the Metropolitan's celebrated holdings of this material, complemented by important loans from public and private collections, the exhibition examines the evolving role of the camera during the nation's bloodiest war.

Related Works on View

Two related displays are on view at the Museum: the exhibition The Civil War and American Art (May 27–September 2, 2013); and, in Gallery 690, a selection of American prints reflecting Civil War themes, by Winslow Homer, Thomas Nast, and others (May 20–August 25, 2013). Additional works of art pertaining to the Civil War—all from the permanent collections of the Metropolitan—are also on view in The American Wing.