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By Martin W Sandler

For a hundred and fifty years the digital camera, within the arms of either pros and amateurs, has been a continuing eyewitness to the demanding situations the rustic has confronted and to the folks who've formed its triumphs. images has captured the great thing about an untamed land and recorded the force and ingenuity that settled the continent, reworked the younger country into an business gigantic, and multiplied its horizons into the heavens. The digital camera has preserved the standard goings-on that, after all, are the center of each society. most crucial, photographers have recorded the indomitable spirit of our humans.

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Reported one newspaper, "Mr. Brady has done something to bring home to us the terrible reality and earnestness of war. Crowds of people are constantly going up the stairs [of his studio]. " The Civil War changed America in ways . . we are still trying to comprehend, and the courage, determination, and skill of our earliwartime photographers changed the meof photography and the way Americans from that lime fortfi would view their world. est dium THE CIVIL WAR 4 1 Mathew B. " These were the words of a Confederate soldier describing the scene at Richmond after southern I forces set fire to the city as they withdrew.

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C, and the first overland mail delivery west of the Mississippi would begin on a monthly basis from Indeof a medical degree. Also — — pendence, Missouri. THE EARLY YEARS 2 3 onvinced that the stereograph was the ultimate medium Americans in touch with their world, the writer Oliver Wendell Holmes strongly urged the for bringing Photographer unknown Boston, Massachusetts, c. 1875 establishment of natiotial and local stereographic libraries. Although his wish was never fulfilled, the stereograph became (left) the television of its day as enterprising young men mobile stereographic displays across the country.

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