"In the Usual Manner" was made in conjunction with The Huntington's Civil War photography exhibition, "A Strange and Fearful Interest: Death, Mourning, and Memory in the American Civil War," which ran from Oct. 13, 2012, through Jan. 14, 2013. It was awarded a Jurors' Citation at the 2013 Black Maria Film + Video Festival, in Jersey City, NJ, and was a finalist in the documentary category at the 2013 Humboldt Film Festival.
For audio commentary and more, visit the exhibition website at huntington.org/civilwar. Information on the exhibition can be found at huntington.org/huntingtonlibrary_02.aspx?id=10456.
From the "Strange and Fearful Interest" website—
Making photographs in the field during the Civil War was a complicated and disaster-prone affair. It involved a portable darkroom, bulky cameras, large sheets of glass, volatile chemicals, and clean water, not to mention resourcefulness and nerves of steel. A productive day might yield 20 pictures. The demanding nature of the process makes it a captivating one to witness, especially in an era of instantaneous image-making.
In the evocative film shown here, Barret Oliver brings his darkroom and gear to the Huntington Library to produce hauntingly beautiful work ‘in the usual manner’ of the nineteenth-century photographer.