For his series 'Still Lives,' photographer Eliot Dudik captures volunteers who re-enacted the Gettysburg Battle, an epic fight that resulted in the highest number of casualties during the American Civil War.
Dudik was fascinated by the fact that over 10,000 people traveled across the country to participate in the Gettysburg Re-Enactment, clearly intent on playing long-dead soldiers. The participants are often quite serious about their bizarre hobby, stoically and determinedly feigning their own deaths, without a flicker of irony. Even more interesting is the fact that the players are offered a degree of control in the game, as they can choose the moment of their own fictional death. Some players, for instance, choose to die several times during the conflict.
Still Lives is ultimately a series that explores the strange and unusual lengths people go to immortalize the past.
Civil War Death Re-Enactments
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Civil War-Inspired Editorials
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