In si­lence, they speak vol­umes

Los Angeles Times - - ARTS & BOOKS - —Jes­sica Gelt

Oneof history’s most fa­mil­iar faces gains fresh depth in the­new book “The Pho­to­graphs of Abra­ham Lin­coln.” Edited by Peter W. Kun­hardt Jr., the glossy yet stately cof­fee-ta­ble book comes timed to the 150th an­niver­sary of the death of the16th pres­i­dent of the United States.

Lin­coln was the first pres­i­dent to be pho­tographed while in of­fice, and the pic­tures speak vol­umes about the times and the­man— 6 feet, 4 inches tall and180 pounds, with thought­ful gray eyes and thick black hair cap­tured in some sur­pris­ingly clear im­agery.

Ano­rig­i­nal edi­tion of the book was printed pri­vately by Lin­coln his­to­rian Fred­er­ick Hill Me­serve in1911. He pub­lished an up­dated ver­sion in 1944 in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Lin­coln bi­og­ra­pher Carl Sand­burg that was packed with newly found in­for­ma­tion about each pho­to­graph.

The mod­ern edi­tion (co-pub­lished by the Me­serve-Kun­hardt-Foun­da­tion, a non­profit ded­i­cated to the preser­va­tion of his­tor­i­cal pho­tog­ra­phy) con­tains114 im­ages that show Lin­coln’s strik­ingly gaunt face age from 1846 to1865. Ad­di­tional im­ages in­clude Lin­coln ly­ing in state af­ter his as­sas­si­na­tion in April1865 aswell as photos of the pres­i­dent at Get­tys­burg and An­ti­etam.

Alexan­der Hesler Me­serve-Kun­hardt Foun­da­tion / Steidl


sits for a por­trait on June 3, 1860, in Spring­field, Ill., weeks af­ter be­com­ing the GOP pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee.

Alexan­der Gard­ner Me­serve-Kun­hardt Foun­da­tion / Steidl


toll on the pres­i­dent, Feb. 5, 1865.

Ni­cholas H. Shep­herd Me­serve-Kun­hardt Foun­da­tion / Steidl


Mr. Lin­coln, from about 1846.

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