Christopher Lyon

  • Artful Volumes

    Smartly designed by Laura Lindgren, PHOTOGRAPHY AND THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR (Metropolitan Museum of Art, $50) evokes nineteenth-century photo albums in which loved ones were preserved like flowers under glass. A fine text by Met photography curator Jeff L. Rosenheim effortlessly weaves strands of photographic, political, military, and social history. The Civil War severely tested the new medium of photography and produced some of nineteenth-century America’s most iconic images. Familiar masters such as Brady, Gardner, O’Sullivan, and company are well represented, but anonymous photographers’