1. In the Usual Manner

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    "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 http://huntington.org/civilwar. Information on the exhibition can be found at http://www.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.

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    • Jennifer A. Watts on "In the Usual Manner" (EXHIBITIONS | A Strange and Fearful Interest)

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      Curator Jennifer A. Watts discusses “In the Usual Manner,” a short film featuring contemporary artist Barret Oliver that was made in conjunction with her photography exhibition “A Strange and Fearful Interest: Death, Mourning, and Memory in the American Civil War.” Find the full story on Verso, The Huntington's blog, at http://huntingtonblogs.org/2012/12/video-the-poetry-of-photography/

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      • "The Most Incredible Thing" (EXHIBITIONS | The Civil War at The Huntington)

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        Curator Olga Tsapina speaks about her exhibition “A Just Cause: Voices of the American Civil War.” For related videos and additional content, check out "Voices on the Civil War" on Verso at http://huntingtonblogs.org/2012/10/video-voices-on-the-civil-war.

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        • "A Scene of Carnage" (EXHIBITIONS | The Civil War at The Huntington)

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          Curators Jennifer A. Watts and Olga Tsapina talk about death photography and public perception of the Civil War. For related videos and additional content, check out "Voices on the Civil War" on Verso at http://huntingtonblogs.org/2012/10/video-voices-on-the-civil-war.

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          • "Three Narratives" (EXHIBITIONS | The Civil War at The Huntington)

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            Curator Jennifer A. Watts discusses her exhibition “A Strange and Fearful Interest: Death, Mourning, and Memory in the American Civil War.” For related videos and additional content, check out "Voices on the Civil War" on Verso at http://huntingtonblogs.org/2012/10/video-voices-on-the-civil-war.

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            • "Why They Fought" (EXHIBITIONS | The Civil War at The Huntington)

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              Manuscripts curator Olga Tsapina sits down with curator of photographs Jennifer A. Watts to discuss the question at the heart of Tsapina’s exhibition “A Just Cause: Voices of the American Civil War.” For related videos and additional content, check out "Voices on the Civil War" on Verso at http://huntingtonblogs.org/2012/10/video-voices-on-the-civil-war.

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