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Deborah Willis: Is There Anything More to See?

Published January 4, 2012

Deborah Willis, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University
Civil War @ 150: Is There Anything More to See?
CUNY Graduate Center
November 3, 2011

In this seventeen minute talk, Professor Willis discusses how as Civil War photographs were widely circulated, they became a story telling moment for those who posed. Looking at numerous images, she contemplates the “standard of pose” and what may have happened in front of the camera as well as the ways that these photos document the jobs, lives, aspirations, and beliefs of the soldiers. This talk was part of the public seminar: Is There Anything More to See?

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