Smithsonian will hold Alexander Gardner retrospective



2015-09-16 14:05:29

The Smithsonian is to hold its first retrospective of the work of pioneering US photographer Alexander Gardner.

Gardner is best known for his iconic “cracked plate” portrait of Abraham Lincoln. He was also an early photojournalist, documenting the US civil war and the Westward expansion.  

Kim Sajet, director of the Portrait Gallery, comments: “Gardner’s photographs showed how the new medium and art form could develop to meet the challenges of modern society.

“These are a record of the sacrifice and loss that occurred in the great national struggle over the Union.

“Our photograph of Lincoln by him, known as the ‘cracked-plate,’ is the museum’s ‘Mona Lisa.’”

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