GETTYSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA
JULY 1863
PHOTO BY ALEXANDER GARDNER

REPRESENTATION: 
A Confederate soldier lies dead on the Gettysburg battlefield.

REALITY:  
These photographs taken by Alexander Gardner have been exposed as staged images--the dead soldier’s body was moved and the scene rearranged for each photograph. Gardner transported the body to a second location and twisted the corpse’s head to face the camera. The gun is also a prop gun, arranged in the photograph. 


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Image copyright Alexander Gardner. Images courtesy of the Library of Congress and Art Resource.