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Gettysburg: A Journey in Time
A unique example of photographic detective work in which the famous battle is re-created almost as if it were a contemporary news event. The reader is transported to the battlefield by the photographs and through the analysis of the photographs to the battle itself. We watch it unfold, action by action. In meticulous close-up fashion, with documentary force, we see the ter ...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published October 1st 1996 by Thomas Pubns
(first published January 1st 1975)
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Aug 13, 2014 Shellys♥ Journal rated it it was amazing
Did someone really say in a review that this book was dated???? Of course it is dated, but still a valuable tool for investigating the Gettysburg Battlefield today. Frassanito explores the early images of the Gettysburg Battlefield taken by numerous photographers. He lines them up to modern day locations, even including shots of these locations that were modern to the time when the book was originally published.(1975). He analyzes the terrain and speculates on what regiments any known dead might ...more
although heavily researched. ..book was published in 1970's and retains an outdated flavor. So-called modern photos are now over 40 years old. what is interesting is this is an early example of the media covering war and all the manipulation that occurs in its depiction of THE TRUTHful face of war.
I first ran across this book at a friend's apartment in 1982. It is a very spiritual book in a way. It puts you in a "time warp" and takes you as close to the battle as possible, I feel. I found my way to the battlefield in 1994 to try to take some of the same photos that Frassanito took. It was a incredibly rewarding experience. Four trips later I find the same fascination and same rewards. Except last year, I got to meet Mr. Frassanito and talked with him extensively. That was a high point in ...more
This is pretty AMAZING for history or photography nerds. The author stomped around the battleground for 5 years (in some cases) trying to match up 1860s photos with the modern (1960s) landscape. The text is a wonderful description of the early battlefield photographers, their gear/process, their motivations, and of course their photos - which weren't always exactly what they seemed. The coverage of the battle itself is limited (though very well written with interesting anecdotes), so this won't ...more
I have a personal love for this book-my great-great grandfather on my mother's side, Charles Tyson, is in this book. He & his brother owned "Tyson Brothers Photography Studio" in Gettysburg at the time of the battle. The author wonders why Charles did not take more photos of the dead. His great granddaughter Elizabeth told me why: "Charles was a Quaker, thee knows. Friends did not believe in glorifying death, that is why he wouldn't photograph the dead." (The Tysons where Quakers who came to ...more