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Abraham Lincoln and the Power of Photography

  • 10/2/2013 | 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
  • Location: Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium
  • Event Type: Lecture

Abraham Lincoln and the Power of PhotographyFrank Goodyear is co-director of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art and previously a curator of photographs at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery.

Though celebrated for many achievements--the Union victory in the Civil War, the emancipation of the slaves, and the preservation of the
nation--Abraham Lincoln is noteworthy for the way he understood the
centrality of images better than any politician of his day. Lincoln used
images as an important means of communicating with the American public. In particular, he came to understand and embrace photography. Photography's introduction--and its impact--was in some ways akin to the introduction of the Internet in our day. Goodyear's lecture will use the many photographs of Lincoln to explore his relationship to this new medium.


Frank Goodyear's research focus includes the history of photography, American art history, and the history of the American West. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin and is the author of four books.

Presented in conjunction with  the exhibition"'This Mighty Scourge of War:' Art of the American Civil War" on view at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.  Sponsored by the Bowdoin College Museum of Art and the Maine Historical Society.