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Soldier Portraits: Collodion Prints by Ellen Susan

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Great Civil War photographers like Matthew Brady recorded men at war using messy wet glass negatives in cumbersome view cameras on tripods. Today Ellen Susan uses similar glass negative collodion processes to make revelatory portraits of modern soldiers that explore their individuality in minute detail. 'The anonymous visual presentation of soldiers in newspapers and on television became disconcerting," she says. 'I wanted to make pictures that focused on each soldier as a unique person who happened to be wearing a uniform." Her work at the New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery in the Lower Garden District was recently featured on the www.PopPhoto.com Web magazine. In February, she returns to New Orleans to teach a wet-plate collodion negative workshop. — D. Eric Bookhardt

3 p.m.-6 p.m. Wed.-Fri., Dec. 12-14, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., Dec. 15; Through Jan 22

New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery, 1111 St. Mary St.; neworleansphotoalliance.blogspot.com

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