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 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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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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"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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