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  1. June 8, 2017
    Photographer William Bretzger will be the June/July Gettysburg Artist-in-Residence

    For Release: June 8, 2017

    Contact: Katie Lawhon

    Phone: 717-338-4402



    Photographer William Bretzger will be the June/July Gettysburg Artist-in-Residence



    GETTYSBURG, PA — Photographer William Bretzger will begin a month-long residency at Gettysburg National Military Park on June 15. He has been selected as a Gettysburg Artist-in-Residence representing the “Arts Revolver” theme, which welcomes artists whose work combines the techniques and disciplines of several arts.


    Bretzger has worked as a staff photographer at the News Journal and at Delaware Online for the past 19 years, and has been visiting Gettysburg to photograph the park and its environs for even longer. He began photographing Gettysburg on 35mm color transparencies, many of which he printed for exhibition in a traditional darkroom. He has since expanded his repertoire, shooting with black and white film for medium- and large-format development, as well as taking color images, often in digital form. Most recently, Bretzger put together a series based on images of Civil War era portraits of the battle’s participants projected onto the places on the battlefield where the soldier fell or won renown.


    Bretzger will reflect on his work and residency during Gettysburg’s First Friday events at the David Wills House on July 7 from 5 to 8 p.m. in downtown Gettysburg. The event is free and open to the public. At the First Friday artist showcase, Bretzger will talk about changes in photography and photographic technique and the artistic demands of avoiding clichéd moments. He’ll also discuss the challenge of trying to find the story and soul of a shot when taking photographs at so well known a park as Gettysburg. During this event, the David Wills House, a National Park Service museum about the aftermath of battle and President Lincoln’s visit to give the Gettysburg Address, will offer free admission.


    “Gettysburg, more than 150 years after the terrible battle there, continues to bear witness to the scourge of war,” Bretzger has written. “It is easy for a visitor to forget as they walk or drive along its tranquil scenes that it was more than a ‘great battlefield’ but a place of great suffering and great deeds of significant historical impact. I intend my photographs to contribute to a deeper understanding of the events that occurred on the battlefield.”


    “Gettysburg National Military Park has offered inspiration to artists for more than 150 years,” said Christopher Gwinn, Gettysburg National Military Park’s chief of interpretation. “The Artist-in-Residence program continues the tradition begun by artists like Matthew Brady, Alfred Waud, and Gutzon Borglum, while simultaneously engaging our visitors and telling this story in new and compelling ways."


    Gettysburg National Military Park preserves, protects and interprets for this and future generations the resources associated with the 1863 Battle of Gettysburg, during the American Civil War, the Soldiers' National Cemetery, and their commemorations. Learn more at


    The National Parks Arts Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to the promotion of the National Parks of the U.S. by creating dynamic opportunities for artworks that are based in our natural and historic heritage. This project is supported by the Gettysburg Foundation and other generous benefactors. NPAF National Park projects are supported entirely by donation and generous partnerships. All NPAF programs are made possible through the philanthropic support of donors ranging from corporate sponsors and small businesses, to art patrons and citizens- lovers of the parks. For more information go to


    For more information about Bretzger’s First Friday presentation call 717-334-1124.

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