An exhibit about the life and photographic images of pioneer American photographer George N. Barnard is on display at Fort Ontario State Historic Site in Oswego, NY.
On loan from the Onondaga Historical Association, the exhibit will be displayed in Officer’s Quarters One until Columbus Day, October 13. Regular fort admission prices will be charged and include entry to the exhibit.
George Barnard is credited as having taken the first “spot-news” photographs when he recorded the great Oswego fire of 1853. The fire, which began at the Fitzhugh’s and Company Flour Mills on the east side of Oswego Harbor, eventually destroyed eight city blocks and left 2,000 people homeless.
In December 1863, he was hired by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Army of the Cumberland, to document subjects and sites assigned to him. Barnard accompanied Major-General William T. Sherman’s Army on his March to the Sea through Georgia; his photographs preserved images of the destruction left in the army’s wake and documented the landscapes and ruins of Charleston, Fort Sumter, Atlanta, Savannah, and Columbia. Without Barnard’s photographs the severity of the destruction wrought during Sherman’s March would be difficult to imagine; his contributions to Civil War photography were tremendous.
George N. Barnard played a pivotal role in the development of photography in the United States, always remaining on the cutting edge of new methods and practices in the field; his photographs highlight some of the most destructive and painful episodes in American history. Barnard also made significant contributions to local history with his work in Oswego and Central New York.
For more information on the George N. Bernard exhibit or Fort Ontario contact Paul Lear or Emily Markstein at (315) 343-4711. Fort Ontario State Historic Site is located at the north end of East 4th Street in the City of Oswego, New York.
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