Albumen Photographs of Southern History

by Matthew Brandt

Contributions by Greg Harris

Published by: Yoffy Press

Imprint: Yoffy Press

64 Pages, 8.00 x 10.00 in, B&W and sepia photos throughout (albumen prints)

  • Hardcover
  • 9781943948116
  • Published: March 2018


In 1864, Matthew Brandt recreates George N. Barnard’s 19th century images of a devastated, post-Sherman Atlanta. Using source imagery housed at the Library of Congress, he makes new albumen photographs from Barnard’s images. Fortifying the foundational ingredients of the 19th-century albumen print — egg whites, silver nitrate, and salt — with peaches, sugar, flour, cinnamon, and butter, Brandt plays with external assumptions about the South, at the same time revealing a complex understanding of the complicated history his project explores.