George Barnard City of Atlanta, GA. No. 1 (Ruined Roundhouse in Atlanta, GA after the Atlanta Campaign)
Medium Albumen print from wet plate negative
Mount on modern archival mount
Photo Date 1866 Print Date 1866
Dimensions 9-5/8 x 13-13/16 in. (244 x 351 mm)
Photo Country United States (USA)
Photographer Country United States (USA)
Contact Alex Novak and Marthe Smith
About This Image
George N. Barnard, a Northern photographer, was born in 1819, in Coventry, CT. During his childhood, he lived throughout the country, including the South. Barnard became a photographer and opened his first studio in Oswego, in 1847. He also worked in Cuba before moving to New York where he was employed by Matthew Brady.
At the outbreak of the Civil War, Barnard was sent by Brady to photograph various locations in Virginia, including Harper's Ferry, Bull Run and Yorktown, as well as in and around, Washington, DC. Unhappy with Brady's policy not to give individual photographers credit for their work, Barnard, like Alexander Gardner and Timothy O'Sullivan, left Brady's employment in 1863.
In 1864 Barnard became a photographer for the Military Department of the Mississippi under General William Sherman. He accompanied Sherman in his Atlanta Campaign. This resulted in the publication of his book of 61 photographs, "Photographic Views with Sherman's Campaigns" (1866).
After the war Barnard moved to Chicago but his studio was destroyed by fire in 1871. He also had a studio in Charleston that was damaged by an earthquake. In 1884 he began work with the Rochester Photographic Association. Barnard died at the home of his daughter, in Onondaga, on February 4, 1902.
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