Stephen Recker has undertaken the most thorough and detailed study of photography at Antietam since Gardner packed his wagon and departed. Scouring dozens of repositories, and assiduously collecting and researching Antietam photos, Recker has amassed a large and important collection of early views of Antietam battlefield. Many of these photographs are previously unpublished, most will be new to the majority of readers, and all will tell a story that will surprise and enlighten. Includes seventy featured images and over 200 supporting images.
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Stephen Recker is a collector of rare Antietam photographs and relics. Items from his collection can be seen on battlefield waysides and in the newly renovated museum at Antietam National Battlefield, the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, as well as in new book, Rare Images of Antietam: And the Photographers Who Took Them. Recker is a member of Antietam Battlefield Guides, a service he founded in partnership with WMIA, the non-profit at Antietam National Battlefield. He produced Virtual Gettysburg, a critically acclaimed interactive Civil War battlefield tour; and Antietam Artifacts, a CD-ROM with images of rare postcards from the Maryland Campaign of 1862. He began his professional career as a lead guitarist, recording and touring with Al Stewart, the Spencer Davis Group, Mary Wells, and Tommy Chong, and as technician for Ringo Starr, Kiss, Diana Ross, and Madonna. In multimedia, he produced for Apple Computer, Adobe, and the Smithsonian, and was named a Top 100 Producer by AV Multimedia Producer Magazine. He is currently the Web and Multimedia Coordinator at Hagerstown Community College and is a graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston.
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