Corcoran presents photographs of the Civil War from the Collection of Julia J. Norrell

WASHINGTON, DC.- This winter, the Corcoran Gallery of Art presents Shadows of History: Photographs of the Civil War from the Collection of Julia J. Norrell (February 4–May 6), an exhibition that explores how photography was used to document the Civil War. The exhibition’s 36 works include early tintype, ambrotype, and cartes-de-visite portraits, rare images of African American regiments, and an installation by contemporary artist Whitfield Lovell. Shadows of History is organized by Philip Brookman, Chief Curator and Head of Research at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and Kaitlin Booher, assistant curator of photography and media arts, and drawn primarily from the collection of Washington collector Julia “Judy” Norrell. The American Civil War, one of the first conflicts to be extensively documented by photography, for the first time brought home powerful images of human devastation and the destructive impa