Echoes of the Civil War: The Civil War Pinhole Project
by Michael Falco
July 6 - September 3, 2016

Echoes of the Civil War_  The Civil War Pinhole Pr

In 2011 Michael Falco began documenting the historic sites and recreated events of the American Civil War.  Using a pinhole camera, Falco has followed in the steps of contemporary reenactors who keep the memory of this turning point in American history alive.  As he writes:

“The impressions of these reenactors—so many descended from the very soldiers whose uniforms they wear—brought a dimension of verisimilitude and narrative drive to the project and, through the poetic prism of the pinhole, emerged not as play acting or costume drama, but as ghostly evocations of the spirits that hang over these fields.

“The images were created with large-format pinhole cameras— handmade wooden boxes with no lens, no viewfinder, and no shutter—that would have seemed primitive even at the time of the Civil War, but that, in uncanny ways, seems the perfect device for this project.

“The camera’s tiny, fixed aperture creates a soft, infinite focal plane—a canvas where details are obscured. The minuscule amount of light entering the camera requires a long exposure time that pushes the images into the ambiguous terrain between landscape and dreamscape. Wind blows, leaves rustle, clouds move, the earth turns.

“The pinhole camera lingers on these battlefields slowly drawing in the light. The images breathe with space and time.”

Echoes of the Civil War comprises forty images from Falco’s six-year journey across the historic fields of battle described by historian Shelby Foote as a moment in American history that, even more than the American Revolution, defined and continues to define our country today.

The Civil War Pinhole Project was exhibited at the Staten Island Museum in New York, in 2015.  It has been recognized by the Library of Congress and is now part of the permanent collection of the National Archive on the Civil War Sesquicentennial.

Countryman Press, a division of W.W. Norton, will publish Echoes of the Civil War, a monograph on The Civil War Pinhole Project in the autumn of 2016.

 

 

 

Michael Falco
Falco with Pinhole Camera
Pinhole photograph, giclee print on double weight fiber paper
2014
12 x 18 inches
 
Charleston_ 54th Massachussetts at Boone Hall Plantation Michael Falco
Charleston: 54th Massachussetts at Boone Hall Plantation
Pinhole photograph, giclee print on double weight fiber paper
2013
20 x 24 inches
 
Manassas_ Battlefield - Henry House at Manassas Michael Falco
Manassas: Battlefield - Henry House at Manassas
Pinhole photograph, giclee print on double weight fiber paper
2012
20 x 24 inches
 
2nd Manassas_ Union Signal Corps Michael Falco
2nd Manassas: Union Signal Corps
Pinhole photograph, giclee print on double weight fiber paper
2012
20 x 24 inches
 
7 Days Battles_ Elizabeth_ PA_ Officers of the Southern Division Michael Falco
7 Days Battles, Elizabeth, PA: Officers of the Southern Division
Pinhole photograph, giclee print on double weight fiber paper
2012
40 x 50 inches
 
Gaine_s Mill_ Gun Smoke on the Meadow Michael Falco
Gaine's Mill: Gun Smoke on the Meadow
Pinhole photograph, giclee print on double weight fiber paper
2012
16 x 20 inches
 
Antietam_ Black Hats In The Cornfield Michael Falco
Antietam: Black Hats In The Cornfield
Pinhole photograph, giclee print on double weight fiber paper
2012
20 x 24 inches
 
Antietam_ Gun Smoke in the Cornfield Michael Falco
Antietam: Gun Smoke in the Cornfield
Pinhole photograph, giclee print on double weight fiber paper
2012
20 x 24 inches
 
Vicksburg_ Battlefield Michael Falco
Vicksburg: Battlefield
Pinhole photograph, giclee print on double weight fiber paper
2012
12 x 30 inches
 
Vicksburg_ Mississippi River at Vicksburg Michael Falco
Vicksburg: Mississippi River at Vicksburg
Pinhole photograph, giclee print on double weight fiber paper
2012
16 x 20 inches
 
Vicksburg_ Winsor Ruins Michael Falco
Vicksburg: Winsor Ruins
Pinhole photograph, giclee print on double weight fiber paper
2012
30 x 40 inches
 
Vicksburg_ Trenches at Vicksburg Michael Falco
Vicksburg: Trenches at Vicksburg
Pinhole photograph, giclee print on double weight fiber paper
2012
16 x 20 inches
 
Vicksburg_ Vicksburg Caves_ Raymond_ MS Michael Falco
Vicksburg: Vicksburg Caves, Raymond, MS
Pinhole photograph, giclee print on double weight fiber paper
2012
40 x 50 inches
 
The Railroad Cut at Raymond Michael Falco
The Railroad Cut at Raymond
Pinhole photograph, giclee print on double weight fiber paper
2012
16 x 20 inches
 
Vicksburg_ 14 Mile Creek Michael Falco
Vicksburg: 14 Mile Creek
Pinhole photograph, giclee print on double weight fiber paper
2012
16 x 20 inches
 
Raymond_ MS_ Battle of Champion Hill Michael Falco
Raymond, MS: Battle of Champion Hill
Pinhole photograph, giclee print on double weight fiber paper
2012
16 x 20 inches
 
Chancellorsville_ Battle Michael Falco
Chancellorsville: Battle
Pinhole photograph, giclee print on double weight fiber paper
2013
40 x 50 inches
 
Fredericksburg_ 1862 Assault on Marye_s Heights Michael Falco
Fredericksburg: 1862 Assault on Marye's Heights
Pinhole photograph, giclee print on double weight fiber paper
2012
20 x 24 inches
 
Richmond_ Trestle Ruins_ James River Michael Falco
Richmond: Trestle Ruins, James River
Pinhole photograph, giclee print on double weight fiber paper
2012
16 x 20 inches
 
Gettysburg_ Bushey Farm Michael Falco
Gettysburg: Bushey Farm
Pinhole photograph, giclee print on double weight fiber paper
2013
16 x 20 inches
 
Gettysburg_ From Little Round Top Michael Falco
Gettysburg: From Little Round Top
Pinhole photograph, giclee print on double weight fiber paper
2013
40 x 50 inches
 
Gettysburg_ Gunners Michael Falco
Gettysburg: Gunners
Pinhole photograph, giclee print on double weight fiber paper
2012
20 x 24 inches
 
Gettysburg_ Little Round Top and the Wheatfield Michael Falco
Gettysburg: Little Round Top and the Wheatfield
Pinhole photograph, giclee print on double weight fiber paper
2013
16 x 20 inches
 
Gettysburg_ The Devil_s Den Michael Falco
Gettysburg: The Devil's Den
Pinhole photograph, giclee print on double weight fiber paper
2013
16 x 20 inches
 
Gettysburg_ Union Troops at the Battle of the Wheatfield Michael Falco
Gettysburg: Union Troops at the Battle of the Wheatfield
Pinhole photograph, giclee print on double weight fiber paper
2013
16 x 20 inches
 
Atlanta_ Douglas Bones Jarrett_ Resaca_ GA Michael Falco
Atlanta: Douglas Bones Jarrett, Resaca, GA
Pinhole photograph, giclee print on double weight fiber paper
2014
40 x 50 inches
 
Atlanta_ Fog at Rockyface Ridge Michael Falco
Atlanta: Fog at Rockyface Ridge
Pinhole photograph, giclee print on double weight fiber paper
2014
16 x 20 inches
 
Atlanta_ Railroad Ruins on the Etowah River Michael Falco
Atlanta: Railroad Ruins on the Etowah River
Pinhole photograph, giclee print on double weight fiber paper
2014
16 x 20 inches
 
Atlanta_ The Battle of Resaca_ GA Michael Falco
Atlanta: The Battle of Resaca, GA
Pinhole photograph, giclee print on double weight fiber paper
2014
16 x 20 inches
 
Atlanta_ Union Troops at Resaca_ GA Michael Falco
Atlanta: Union Troops at Resaca, GA
Pinhole photograph, giclee print on double weight fiber paper
2014
16 x 20 inches
 
Overland_ Cannon Fire at the Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse Michael Falco
Overland: Cannon Fire at the Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse
Pinhole photograph, giclee print on double weight fiber paper
2014
16 x 20 inches
 
Overland_ Confederates at the Battle at Spotsylvania Courthouse Michael Falco
Overland: Confederates at the Battle at Spotsylvania Courthouse
Pinhole photograph, giclee print on double weight fiber paper
2014
16 x 20 inches
 
Overland_ Bloody Angle Michael Falco
Overland: Bloody Angle
Pinhole photograph, giclee print on double weight fiber paper
2012
16 x 20 inches
 
Overland_ The Tangles of Virginia Michael Falco
Overland: The Tangles of Virginia
Pinhole photograph, giclee print on double weight fiber paper
2014
40 x 50 inches
 
Petersburg_ Battle of Fort Harrison Michael Falco
Petersburg: Battle of Fort Harrison
Pinhole photograph, giclee print on double weight fiber paper
2014
40 x 50 inches
 
Petersburg_ Downtown Petersburg Michael Falco
Petersburg: Downtown Petersburg
Pinhole photograph, giclee print on double weight fiber paper
2014
16 x 20 inches
 
Petersburg_ Fort Gregg at Petersburg Michael Falco
Petersburg: Fort Gregg at Petersburg
Pinhole photograph, giclee print on double weight fiber paper
2014
16 x 20 inches
 
Shenandoah Valley_ Bushong Farm_ New Market Michael Falco
Shenandoah Valley: Bushong Farm, New Market
Pinhole photograph, giclee print on double weight fiber paper
2014
16 x 20 inches
 
Shenandoah Valley_ Horse Drawn Artillery Grand Review at Cedar Creek Michael Falco
Shenandoah Valley: Horse Drawn Artillery Grand Review at Cedar Creek
Pinhole photograph, giclee print on double weight fiber paper
2014
16 x 20 inches
 
Shenandoah Valley_ The Ridges at Cedar Creek Michael Falco
Shenandoah Valley: The Ridges at Cedar Creek
Pinhole photograph, giclee print on double weight fiber paper
2014
40 x 50 inches
 
Shenandoah Valley_ Signal Corps at Cedar Creek Michael Falco
Shenandoah Valley: Signal Corps at Cedar Creek
Pinhole photograph, giclee print on double weight fiber paper
2014
16 x 20 inches
 
Shenandoah Valley_ View from Signal Knob Michael Falco
Shenandoah Valley: View from Signal Knob
Pinhole photograph, giclee print on double weight fiber paper
2012
16 x 20 inches
 

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