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Bloodstains and Bullet Holes: Rare Civil War Artifacts by Henry Leutwyler

发布者: lorespirit | 发布时间: 2012-9-27 12:18| 查看数: 1420| 评论数: 2|

In honor of the 150th anniversary of the U.S. Civil War, TIME sent photographer Henry Leutwyler to The

National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, Pa. to photograph 185 artifacts, from powder horns to playing

cards, held in the museum’s collection and curated by Brett Kelley. The Swiss-born Leutwyler has a talent for making the inanimate feel strangely intimate. His just released

book Neverland Lost: A Portrait of Michael Jackson, catalogues the pop icon’s belongings in meticulous

detail— including everything from the wear on Jackson’s rhinestone dance shoes to the make-up on his

shirt collar.

“An object tells about who owns it,” says Leutwyler. “Take off your watch and look at the back of it. Look

at the wear and tear. Look inside the leather strap. It shows if you are right handed or left handed.”

The idea to document pop

culture through objects came to

Leutwyler seven years ago,

when he realized that all of the

people he wanted to photograph,

such as Andy Warhol and John

Lennon, were already dead—but

their belongings remained. “I

would love to photograph Alfred

Hitchcock’s belt,” he says. “The

story of his weight loss and gain

would be there. Even if he were

still alive I would find that more

interesting. How many more

pictures of him can you look at?”

Henry Leutwyler for TIME

Two powder horns, one

Confederate belonging to John

Clark, Company G, 7th Florida

Infantry and one Union

belonging to J. Berry, Company

E, 7th Pennsylvania Infantry.

Leutwyler credits three great influences on his work: Weegee, the American crime scene photographer;

fashion and music photographer Art Kane, who once said a good picture was the result of serious

research; and photojournalist Robert Capa, who famously declared “If your pictures aren’t good enough,

you’re not close enough.”

Leutwyler says he didn’t know much about American history before he shot the Civil War artifacts but was

still deeply moved by them. One item, a slave collar, he found particularly disquieting. “It makes you

realize that we are just animals,” he says.

Military coats, carefully restored by the museum, brought home the savage nature of the war. “The linings

all torn,” Leutwyler points out. “[There are] bloodstains and bullet holes.” When he looked at them, Leutwyler imagined the pain of close combat and the courage it must have taken to fight. “This was

people two feet away from each other, slashing at someone until they were dead,” he says.

Leutwyler hopes that when people look at the objects, which includes General Stonewall Jackson’s glove,

they may stop and ponder war’s futility.

—Interview by Deirdre van Dyk

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kathy 发表于 2015-7-12 08:33:41
Great,thank you very much.
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