Ken Johnson, writitng at The New York Times
What you can say with confidence about Reekie’s picture and all the others in this terrific exhibition is that this was a time when photography and political history intersected and inextricably fused. (No previous war had been so extensively photographed.) The wedding of technical form and historical subject matter is as intellectually fascinating as it is emotionally wrenching. I have never seen a photography show that performed this marriage so powerfully.
I have to get to NYC to check this out. Civil War photography is oddly mesmerizing—for me at least— due to the way that soldiers were posed for photos, mixed with the methods of the time. All this makes for some fantastic goodies for a photo/history buff. In the handful of college photo classes I’ve taken, the Civil War is definitely what stuck with me the most.