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Bob Zeller
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 stereoscopic Civil War photography with "The Civil War in Depth" (Chronicle Books, 1997), the first 3-D photo history of the war, and "The Civil War in Depth Volume II" (Chronicle Books, 2000). Bob, who is a writer, journalist and historian, spent 25 years in newspaper journalism, specializing in investigative reporter and later working as a motorsports beat writer covering NASCAR. Bob has published nine books, including his latest, "Jacob's Run" (Whittler's Bench Press, 2007), a historical mystery/adventure novel he wrote with John Beshears. He is also the author of "Daytona 500, An Official History" (David Bull Publishing, 2001). Zeller, 54, is a native of the Washington, D.C. area. Bob has been presenting lectures with 3-D slide shows of original Civil War photographs since 1997. Images from his Civil War photography collection were featured at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery exhibition on Mathew Brady in 1997-98. Bob lives in Trinity, N.C. with his wife, Ann, who is city manager. They have two grown children, Sara and Jesse.

John Richter
As a child, John Richter 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," and both volumes of Bob Zeller's "The Civil War In Depth."  John has continued his collaboration with Bob Zeller in his latest book "The Blue and Gray in Black and White" by supplying several unpublished stereo views.  John has written for Stereo World and co-edited all of the CCWP's 99 Historic Images of... series of booklets.  John began utilizing stereo photography and joined the National Stereoscopic Association and the International Stereoscopic Union.  John has had years of experience in stereo photography using a 35mm Realist camera and a medium format Sputnik camera to capture images.

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