War and Peace by Melissa Cacciola
October 6 – December 29, 2013
Alice Austen House Museum
2 Hylan Blvd. (Rosebank—Hylan/Edgewater)
Staten Island, NY 10305
During photography’s early years in the 19th century, tintypes were produced by creating a positive image on a metal surface that was then enhanced with paint or enamel. Tintypes grew popular during the Civil War for their fast developing time and inexpensive cost and were made famous by Matthew Brady, whose depictions of soldiers and wartime battles are seared into history. The War and Peace exhibition evokes the gravitas of that era with Melissa Cacciola's 48 contemporary tintype portraits of veterans and active service men and women from the US military. The portraits are divided in two: one side displays the subjects in uniformed gear, the other in civilian clothing, representing the dichotomy of their roles. The exhibition runs until December 29. For more information, visit aliceausten.org.
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