Monday, October 23, 2017

See Civil War photography — in 3-D — at the Old Exchange Building next month

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Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Mon, Oct 23, 2017 at 2:13 PM

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It's no secret that the city of Charleston played a major role in the Civil War — first shots and all that — and you've probably learned a lot about the war at local museums and on tours around town. What you probably haven't experienced, though, is the Civil War in 3-D. Yep, complete with funny glasses.

3-D Civil War photography is coming to Charleston next month on Sat. Nov. 11 from 1-3 p.m. at the Old Exchange Building. Join writer and Civil War photo expert Bob Zeller as he presents a 3-D program on the city using original period photographs. With 3-D glasses provided at no cost courtesy of the Center for Civil War Photography, you can see the photos — many reproduced directly from the 150-year-old glass plate negatives — the way they were originally meant to be seen.

Zeller is the co-founder and president of the Center for Civil War Photography (which does not have a physical address), an organization that tours the country with Civil War photos, stopping at spots like the Library of Congress, the National Archives, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, and more than 150 other venues. Zeller pioneered the reintroduction of Civil War 3-D photographs into the study of the war with his photo history book, The Civil War in Depth: History in 3-D.

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