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This July, photographers Harry Griffin and Eva O'Leary travel to Pennsylvania, where 15,000 people will come together to live in 1863.
This July, photographers Harry Griffin and Eva O'Leary travel to Pennsylvania, where 15,000 people will come together to live in 1863.
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This July is the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. It was fought July 1–3, 1863, in and around the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. It was the battle with the largest number of casualties in the American Civil War and is often described as the war's turning point.

This summer, the battle will take place with fifteen thousand reenactors, one hundred and thirty five cannons and three hundred and seventy five horses. Visitors can purchase Segway tours of the battleground, as well as souvenirs such as Declaration of Independence Mouse Pads. 

We are approaching this project from a different angle than the typical documentary project. We both share an attraction to the absurdity of the human condition, interested in what drives the need for spectacle and its part in the translation of history. This project will investigate the commodification of history, and its effect on the town's identity. The photographs made during the month of July will result in a limited edition book comprised of images from both artists. The work will reference both historical and contemporary photography, taking cues from photographers such as Alexander Gardner and Lars Tunbjörk.

The work will focus on the reenactment of the battle itself, as well as its spectators and their effects on the surrounding areas.

Harry Griffin and Eva O’Leary are two photographers and collaborators living in Brooklyn, New York.

Thanks to YouTube user scotlandthunder and Hans Zimmer for the background video!

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This is an ambitious project, and $2,500 is the bare minimum for what we truly would want to do. With a little extra help, and if we make $3,000, we could print the book on high quality paper. If we make $3,500 we can get on the front lines and be part of the action. However, anything truly helps us and gets us a long way.

We predict a few obstacles on our road to Gettysburg. In an event of this scale, there will be unpredictability; both in what we will see and where the project will take us. As inventive and flexible individuals, we embrace the inherent uncertainty as a pivotal part of this project.

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