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The Civil War in Color: A Photographic Reenactment of the War Between the States

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“These photos are no longer just dusty old pictures, but rather have become very real moments in time from our collective past, frozen forever in color.”--John C. Guntzelman
 
The Civil War comes alive as never before in this extraordinary collection of colorized photographs from the era. Not only does it feature portraits of famous leaders and ordinary soldiers but also vignettes of American life during the conflict: scenes from urban and...
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Overview

“These photos are no longer just dusty old pictures, but rather have become very real moments in time from our collective past, frozen forever in color.”--John C. Guntzelman
 
The Civil War comes alive as never before in this extraordinary collection of colorized photographs from the era. Not only does it feature portraits of famous leaders and ordinary soldiers but also vignettes of American life during the conflict: scenes from urban and plantation life; destroyed cities; contested battlefields. The 200+ photographs, from the Library of Congress's archives, include both well-known and rarely seen images.  Also inside--a fine art ready-to-frame photographic print of a stunning colorized Civil War photograph.

 

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"Author and photographer John Guntzelman’s latest book, with its hand-colored images from the Civil War, will rank at the top of many “must have” lists. .  . . In this masterpiece of colorization work, Guntzelman provides a period image in its original form, a hand-painted example from that era, and finally his masterful creation. He admits the artistic interpretation involved in producing these colorful images.
       However, Guntzelman has researched descriptions of his subjects to enhance the accuracy of his color representations.  Having wide latitude in civilian, especially women’s, clothing, he has created believable color depictions of women and men’s attire. His images are stunning, clear and haunting, and have almost a high definition, 3-D quality.
       The book covers such topics as ordinary citizens, slaves, soldiers, war machines, destruction, Abraham Lincoln and casualties. Included are original images to compare with the colored images of Guntzelman’s work.  As an extra bonus, a pull-out photo is provided for the reader to examine and keep.
       Not only have images of people been colorized but also buildings, ships, cannons, trenches and countrysides. The colorized image of Robert E. Lee’s Gettysburg headquarters is excellent, as are a 15-inch Rodman gun and a pontoon bridge spanning the James River, to name a few. The 1865 image of the McLean house at Appomattox Court House by Timothy O’Sullivan could easily be mistaken for a modern-day photograph.
       To assist those who wish to delve deeper into the Civil War, Guntzelman provides two pages of books and websites to visit. In addition, he lists additional sources on Civil War photography.
This work is highly recommended and will be a source of enjoyment for many years to come . . . a real bargain for the serious and amateur collector of reference material on Civil War history." —Civil War News 
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402790812
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 11/6/2012
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 52,004
  • Product dimensions: 10.60 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

John C. Guntzelman is an experienced cinematographer, director, and Civil War buff. He has won a number of awards, including one national and two regional Emmys®, a New York International Film Festival Gold Medal, and a National Press Photographers Association Documentary Cinematography Award, and has written articles for American Cinematographer magazine. He lives in Cincinnati, OH.
 
Writer, journalist, and historian Bob Zeller is one of the country's leading authorities on Civil War photography, and president of the Center for Civil War Photography (civilwarphotography.org). He is the author of The Blue and Gray in Black and White: A History of Civil War Photography (2005) and The Civil War in Depth (1997), the first 3-D photo history of the war. Bob lives in Trinity, NC.
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  • Posted October 30, 2012

    Highly recommend! It moved me.

    Here’s a book that far exceeds the simplicity of its title. It’s as much art as it is history, powerfully conveying the sensibility of the times as well the people and events portrayed. For me, the choice of photographs, their coloring, framing and layout, the captions, and the text works together to heighten the reality of the Civil War. In many instances, seeing the black & white photos juxtaposed against the colorized version was especially powerful. Where the original images feel flat and lifeless, the color images breathe life into them. The poignancy and and immediacy that the images evoked took me by surprise. It seemed the images in color were taken in the recent past, rather than the distant past. The war became more real.
    Guntzelman’s description of his approach to colorizing the photos, including the painstaking research he undertook to maximize integrity to the colors—eye and hair colors, the color of cloth and dyes available then, even the difference between a color in shade and in bright sunlight—indicate that this was a labor of love by a highly skilled artist. I highly recommend it, for the photographs and the information it provides—which is detailed and extensive—but mostly because it moved me.

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    Posted December 16, 2012

    Recommended reading

    A true look at what our ancestors went through to gain freedom. Believe me I was quite surprised that this is what an 11yr old child that suffers from ADHD really wanted.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2013

    Highly Recommend

    I bought this as a gift for my husband who has read it from cover to cover. He loves the book!

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  • Posted January 3, 2014

    Highly Recommended.

    I bought this as a gift for a Civil War nut and she loved it. This book will make a great gift for any history buff.

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  • Posted January 3, 2014

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    Beautiful book!

    It's like it was yesterday! Just love this book. I enjoy the history also added along with the pictures. So glad I bought this.

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