Book News for Battlefields Of Honor: American Civil War Reenactors

Presentation before the Photographic Historical Society of New England

On June 6th, 2015 at 1:00pm, please join me at the Photographic Historical Society of New England meeting where I will be doing a talk and a book signing on my photo-essay book “Battlefields of Honor: American Civil War Reenactors.”

It will take place at the outstanding photography dealership EP Levine in Waltham, Mass.

For more information visit PHSNE Snapshots on-line magazine.

It is a privilege to speak before the PHSNE and I’m looking forward to the event and seeing you there. Thank you, Mark.

BATTLEFIELDS OF HONOR: American Civil War Reenactors

Battlefields of Honor: American Civil War Reenactors: “Digs deep to reach out to the thousands of Americans who become—if only for a weekend—battle-weary soldiers, courageous generals, dedicated nurses, or even eager newspaper reporters…” Publishers Weekly

My photography book ”Battlefields of Honor: American Civil War Reenactors,” published by Merrell Publishers, is available in stores in the US and worldwide. I photographed through out the US and the UK and the book features color and black and white photographs along with wet plate collodion photographs, the same photography process that was used during the Civil War. Portraits along with action photographs also featured.  The book looks fantastic.

I’m also very happy that James Lighthizer, president of the Civil War Trust, has written a splendid foreword. The trust is involved with preserving Civil War battlefields and history, and if you’re not familiar with their site you should check it out.

I worked with a number of wonderful people and organizations in putting the book together, and without their help this would not have been possible. I would particularly like to thank Neil Salkind at the Salkind Literary Agency for his guidance and belief in the project. I’d also like to point out that my wife, Jeannine Stein, wrote the text.

To purchase please visit: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and IndieBound.

BLINK 2015 Popup Photo Exhibit at Somerville Open Studios, Somerville, Mass

This weekend, Saturday 5/2 and Sunday 5/3 at the Somerville Open Studios in Somerville, Mass., I will have a signed print of this photograph at:

BLINK2015 Popup Exhibit (https://www.facebook.com/events/821803211200347/) – Party & Live Music- A pop-up photography exhibition and sale: Cuisine en Locale 156 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02143. A portion of all print sales go to benefit The Griffin Museum of Photography (http://www.griffinmuseum.org).

Somerville Open Studios Saturday May 2nd and Sunday May 3rd. BLINK2015 is in its third year. 100 photographers displaying 100 unframed prints at terrific prices. 10% of all print sales will benefit the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester. The rest goes directly to the artists. Join us with our friends from Damnation Alley Distillery and LensProToGo.com
Saturday 5/2
• 12PM-6PM Photography Sale during Somerville Open Studios (https://www.facebook.com/events/1379129072386370/)
• 6PM-8PM Cocktails & Snacks in the Ballroom – Cash Bar
• 8PM to Midnight – Live music with The Sorry Honeys and Mount Rumford.
Sunday 5/3
• 12PM – 4PM Photography Sale during SOS

The print was made by Digital Silver Imaging (http://digitalsilverimaging.com) in Belmont, Mass., and it is a beautiful print.
Here’s the information on the print:
Title of Photograph: Civil War Veterans Day memorial – From the book Battlefields of Honor: American Civil War Reenactors
Print Size: 20″ x 14″
Medium: Silver Archival Print from a Wet Plate Collodion Photograph

A warm thank you to Porter Square Books in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Thank you Porter Square Books in Cambridge, Mass., for hosting my talk on my book Battlefields of Honor: American Civil War Reenactors last night. It was a grand experience, especially being the 150th anniversary of Appomattox Courthouse, and the ending of The Late Unpleasantness. I signed a number of copies of the book which are available.

In the photograph above Andrew Bowman, right, portrays Andrew Jackson Smith in Hartford City, Indiana. Smith, a color sergeant and Medal of Honor winner, was Bowman’s grandfather. Khabir Shareef, center, takes on the role of Martin Delaney, the first African-American field officer in the Union Army. At left is Sam Meadows, portraying a drummer. Photograph from the book,”Battlefields of Honor: American Civil War Reenactors,” (Merrell Publishers). Photographs by Mark Elson, Text by Jeannine Stein and a forward by James Lighthizer, president of the Civil War Trust.

American Civil War Reenactors visit the past…are you ready to join them?

April 9th, 2015 Book Signing at Porter Square Books in Cambridge, MA

On April 9th, the 150th anniversary of the surrender of the the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia, join me for talk about my book Battlefields of Honor: American Civil War Reenactors. I look forward to seeing you there.
Place: Porter Square Books in Cambridge, Mass.
Time: 7:00pm
To RSVP: http://www.portersquarebooks.com/event/mark-elson-battlefields-honor

Book Signing and Talk

On Thursday, April 9th at 7:00pm-for the 150th Anniversary of Appomattox Courthouse-please join me for a signing and talk about my book, Battlefields of Honor: American Civil War Reenactors, at Porter Square Books in Cambridge, Mass. I’ll be talking about my experiences photographing and living with Civil War reenactors in US and abroad, and also about Civil War-era photography and how I incorporated it in the book.

Book Signing and Talk

Please join me in Concord, Massachusetts-the birthplace of the American Revolution-for a book signing and talk about my book, Battlefields of Honor: American Civil War Reenactors on Saturday, March 7th, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. at The Barrow Bookstore, 79 Main Street Concord, MA 01742 (978) 369-6084.
I’ll be talking about my experiences photographing and living with Civil War reenactors in US and abroad, and also about Civil War-era photography and how I incorporated it in the book.

At the 150th anniversary of the First Manassas/Bull Run reenactment in Virginia, Confederates steadily advance under fire. In the foreground, the color bearer wears a Tricorner hat, reminiscent of the Revolutionary War. In the early days of the late unpleasantness, Southern militia would wear uniforms influenced by the the revolution, feeling that they were fighting a second American War For Independence. Photograph from the book,”Battlefields of Honor: American Civil War Reenactors,” (Merrell Publishers). Photographs by Mark Elson, Text by Jeannine Stein and a forward by James Lighthizer, president of the Civil War Trust.

American Civil War Reenactors visit the past…are you ready to join them?

Book Signing at The Kentucky Book Fair November 16th, 2013

I had a great time at the 2013 Kentucky Book Fair, where I was invited to sign copies of my photo-essay book, “Battlefields of Honor: American Civil War Reenactors,” (Merrell Publishers). Made some new friends among the many talented authors such as David Williams, Dan Andriacco, Dr. Carolyn Dupont and Connie Remlinger Trounstine. I want to thank the Kentucky Book Fair staff for putting on an outstanding book fair and in particular KBF manager Connie Crowe and KBF president Carl West. Many thanks to Paul Boisvert, KBF committee member, who provided transportation from/to the airport. Thanks, Frankfort, KY and the Commonwealth of Kentucky, for your hospitality.

The Kentucky Book Fair is Kentucky’s premier literary event and one of the largest of its kind in the nation. I was honored to be a part of this highly esteemed celebration of books. Thanks, Mark.

Some women around the time of the Civil War began advocating for equal rights. Among them were “Bloomers,” here being portrayed at the Perryville State Historic Site in Kentucky. The women were followers of Amelia Bloomer, who, among other things, thought women should wear pantaloons to allow them greater movement. Photograph from the book “Battlefields of Honor: American Civil War Reenactors,” (Merrell Publishers). Photographs by Mark Elson, Text by Jeannine Stein and a forward by James Lighthizer, president of the Civil War Trust.

BATTLEFIELDS OF HONOR reviewed in the magazine Black & White: For Collectors of Fine Photography

“Battlefields of Honor: American Civil War Reenactors” was reviewed in the April 2013 issue of the magazine “Black & White: For Collectors of Fine Photography.” I’m very happy to have been reviewed in this prestigious magazine.

In the review, the author notes that I used a combination of wet plate and 35mm imagery and says, “[Elson's] formal wet plate portraits are hard to differentiate from those made by Mathew Brady’s studio more than 150 years ago, and his candid 35mm work gives us an idea of what Brady and his photographers might have been able to achieve during the heat of the battle had the smaller format been available to them.”

The magazine is on newsstands now.

BATTLEFIELDS OF HONOR featured on KPCC’s Off-Ramp

I was interviewed about my book, “Battlefields of Honor: American Civil War Reenactors” (along with my co-author, Jeannine Stein) by John Rabe for his show “Off- Ramp,” on KPCC, Southern California’s public radio.

It was a lot of fun–John is a great interviewer–and the segment is now online, along with a slideshow of images from the book.

You can listen to it online: “Off- Ramp.” Tune in, and I hope you enjoy the show.