Saturday, March 4, 2017

Coming April 6, 2017


Ron Coddington  will present a Power Point entitled The Rise and Fall of the Carte de Visite in Civil War America.  Ron has been associated during much of his professional life with media organizations, through which he has covered major news events. He created maps and explanatory diagrams for the San Jose Mercury News Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the Bay Area earthquake. He also produced award-winning interactive graphics for 9/11 and the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger at USA Today. And countless other projects.

Nowadays his passion is rooted in leading collaborative teams to conceptualize and produce visual journalism across platforms. As USA Today's art director in the late 2000s, he helped guide the Design Department through the early stages of its evolution as a digital-centered organization. Today, as an assistant managing editor at The Chronicle of Higher Education, he leads a creative team of designers, developers, researchers and editors who create award-winning journalism for thought leaders and other professionals in academe.

Those with an active interest in the Civil War know him as a contributing author to the New York Times series Disunion and author of three books of soldier stories, Faces of the Civil War, Faces of the Confederacy, and African American Faces of the Civil WarHe is also a passionate collector of Civil War era photography.  His next volume in the series profiles sailors in the Union and Confederate navies. He became the fourth publisher and editor of Military Images magazine in August 2013.

Ron’s talk this evening will focus on Civil War Photography:  The Rise and Fall of the Carte de Visite in Civil War America.  “The Civil War Generation was the first to grow up with photography. This trans-formative medium made it possible for Americans from all walks of life to preserve their own likeness, a privilege once reserved only for the wealthy. During photography’s early years, daguerreotypes, ambrotypes and tintypes ruled the portrait world.  Then on the eve of the Civil War, a curious new format landed in America-the carte de visite.”