NORFOLK, Va. — The Civil War continues to be a subject of endless fascination for Americans and the world; and fueling this attraction is the fact that it was the first war to be extensively photographed. On view and continuing through Oct. 29, the Chrysler Museum makes another key contribution to the lore and understanding of that period with two compelling offerings.
The first, Civil War Photography from the David L. Hack Collection, features 50 photographs from the major collection acquired in 1998 and consisting of more than 300 images. In appreciation, the Chrysler renamed a permanent photography gallery in honor of Hack, and made a commitment to keep Civil War photography continually on view in that gallery. This extraordinary collection of period photographs is complemented by the contemporary Civil War Redux: Civil War Pinhole Photographs by Willie Anne Wright, featuring pinhole photographs by the Virginia photographer. Pinhole photographs are created when light, reflecting off of a subject and entering a darkened enclosed box through a tiny hole — the “pinhole” —creates an inverted visible image of that subject, which registers on a surface parallel to the plane of the pinhole.
The Chrysler Museum of Art is located at 245 West Olney Road, Norfolk, VA 23510.