Civil War photography topic of

Jan. 21 meeting

Photographer and Civil War researcher Lee Elder will speak to the Tallmadge Civil War Society Jan. 21 about photography and the Civil War. The meeting will take place in the Old Town Hall on Tallmadge Circle at 7:30 p.m. Attendance is free and open to the public.

Elder will discuss the evolution of photography prior to the war and the numerous impacts the art has had on both the war and the study of the war.

"The truth of the matter is that photojournalism was born during America's Civil War," Elder said. "The impact of the images collected during the war is still hitting us today. We'll get into that on the 21st."

A descendant of veterans on both sides of the war, Elder has published a calendar of his images from the battlefield at Gettysburg. He is currently working on a book about the final hours of the battle of Chickamauga. Elder is a graduate of San Diego State University. He has been the sports editor of two newspapers and the sports director of two radio stations and currently works for Goodyear.

Elder, who refers to himself as a "transplanted Californian," will also offer tips on how to capture the best possible images during visits to Civil War battlefields.