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Antietam in 3-DBob Zeller

Writer and historian Bob Zeller is one of the country's leading authorities on Civil War photography. He is the author of "The Blue and Gray in Black and White: A History of Civil War Photography" (Praeger, 2005), the first narrative history about the war's photographers, what they did and why they did it. Zeller pioneered the modern presentation of 3-D Civil War photography with "The Civil War in Depth" (Chronicle Books, 1997), the first 3-D photo history of the war. His latest book, in collaboration with John J. Richter, is "Lincoln in 3-D" (Chronicle Books, 2010). Bob spent 25 years in newspaper journalism, specializing in investigative reporting and later working as a motorsports beat writer covering NASCAR. Bob, 60, a native of Washington, D.C., has published 10 books and has been presenting lectures with 3-D slide shows of original Civil War photographs since 1997. He lives in North Carolina with his wife, Ann, who is the city manager of Troutman.

John Richter

As a child, John became aware of the use of stereo photography during the Civil War from his first View-Master set of views taken from Library of Congress negatives. This first exposure to 3-D photography fed his already fervent interest in the Civil War because those views were of familiar Civil War scenes - but with depth! Hooked on the 3-D experience and growing up 15 miles from Gettysburg, it wasn't long until John focused on Gettysburg and began building his world-class collection of period stereo views. Views from his collection have appeared in Tim Smith's John Burns The Hero of Gettysburg, Garry Adelman's The Myth of Little Round Top, both volumes of Bob Zeller's "The Civil War In Depth," and "The Blue and Gray in Black and White" among others. John has written for "Stereo World" and co-edited the "CCWP's 99 Historic Images of..." series of booklets. John is a long time stereo photographer and member of the National Stereoscopic Association, the International Stereoscopic Union, and Director of Imaging for The Center For Civil War Photography. Much of John’s work includes digital restoration of original images. He has produced 3-D displays for the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum, Gettysburg Visitor Center, Pamplin Historical Park, Maryland Historical Society, Atlanta History Center, Canton Museum of Art, Pry House Museum, and the Smithsonian. He has co-produced, along with CCWP President Bob Zeller, a fully digital 3-D projection show "Lincoln In 3-D." The show, comprised of 180 historic images, is a 40-minute program that provides a comprehensive stereo photographic history of Lincoln's presidency. John has also coauthored the companion book, "Lincoln In 3-D," published by Chronicle Books.

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