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  • Collection: The System of Telling the Visual Story in Wartime America
  • Item Type: Event

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Referred to as the turning point of the Civil War for Union forces, the Battle of Gettysburg provided ample photographic opportunities for photographers such as Alexander Gardner. After an overwhelming victory at Chancellorsville, General Robert E.…

George Eastman and William H. Walker developed a roll holder for Eastman Negative Paper, a precursor to photographic film (“Milestones”). These advances lead to the first Kodak camera—a portable and easy to use option compared to wet-plate…

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The Battle of Belleau Wood was the first extensive battle in which American troops were involved during World War I. In the three weeks of seemingly inexhaustible German bombardment, American forces were faced with new kinds of warfare, including…

Initially developed for motion pictures, color film experienced its commercial birth in the form of Kodachrome (“Milestones”). The 35mm photographic film allowed amateur photographers to take color photographss through three emulsion layers,…

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Also known as Operation Overlord, the amphibious D-Day invasions at Normandy began at 6:30am. Adolf Hitler and the Nazis had occupied northwestern France since May 1940, and subsequent plans to liberate France from Nazi rule were devised. Allied…

A year after the conclusion of World War II, a group of journalists founded the National Press Photographers Association, an entity that is still active today. Their mission statement is as follows: “The National Press Photographers Association is…

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In order to maintain a non-Communist South Vietnam, America had provided economic and administrative support to the South Vietnamese until President Lyndon B. Johnson announced the deployment of 125,000 American troops on July 28, 1965 (Manning and…

The inauguration of President George H.W. Bush marks a historic leap in photojournalism. Just forty seconds after the forty-first president was sworn in, Associated Press photographer Ronald A. Edmonds sent photographs of President Bush taking the…

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Because Iraqi forces occupying Kuwait failed to meet the withdrawal deadline set by the United Nations, President George H.W. Bush and Congress decided to take military action. Coalition ground forces arrived on February 24, 1991, pushing Iraqi…

After 74 years in production, Kodak announced the retirement of Kodachrome color film (“Milestones”). The following year, the final roll was presented to National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry. After taking three years to photograph with…
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