The Civil War was the first war to have dead soldiers photographed before they were buried – most notably by Mathew Brady and Alexander Gardner – two pioneers of photojournalism. Drawing on those photographers for inspiration, Richard Barnes goes to different Civil War reenactments and shoots the battles using the same laborious techniques Brady and Gardner used: wet plate photography.
“You might see a car in the background of my photographs because I am not interested in replicating the past,” Barnes said. “I’m not interested in nostalgia. I’m approaching this from an artistic point of view. I’m interested in what I refer to as the ‘slippage of time.’”
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