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Battlefield photography

Duration: 01:34

Early photography had developed in portrait studios with controlled lighting and long exposures. Taking large cameras and unstable chemicals onto the battlefield was exceptionally difficult. American photographer Robert Szabo joins a US Civil War battle reconstruction and demonstrates how Alexander Gardner might have worked, revealing how these amazing battlefield images were made.

Available since: Fri 14 Sep 2012


Andy Twaddle
Executive Producer
Neil McDonald
Andy Twaddle

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The Scot Who Shot the American Civil War

A look at Paisley-born Alexander Gardner whose series of war photos shocked 1860s America.

First broadcast: 17 Sep 2012

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