Why were photographers important during the Civil War Era? The then-new ability to capture images at that time resulted in an increase in demand – from soldiers and families – for images of loved ones. More galleries opened and photographers moved to areas in need during and post war. Several notable New Jersey photographers, including George S. Cook and Theodore Gubelman contributed to the field. In this session, the evolution of the photography industry and the significance of the images captured will guide the conversation.
Gary D. Saretzky
Archivist, educator, and photographer
Gary D. Saretzky, archivist, educator, and photographer, has been Monmouth County Archivist since 1994. Saretzky taught history of photography at Mercer County Community College from 1977 to 2012 and coordinated the Rutgers Public History Internship Program from 1994 to 2016. He has served as a consultant on archives and photographic conservation to more than 50 different repositories, has taught numerous workshops, and lectures regularly on the history of photography and preserving photographs.