A Letter From The Publisher, Jul. 5, 1954

Until George Strock photographed the cyclorama at Gettysburg for TIME (see ART), no one had ever before made a continuous still photograph of this circular panorama.

This may seem surprising, when you consider the number of amateur and professional photographers clicking shutters at every perceivable object on the American scene. But the reason becomes obvious from the story Strock told me about his assignment. His problem was to capture with one exposure a scene which surrounded him—a painting which covers 11,840 square feet on the inner wall of a special cylindrical building at Gettysburg.

Besides skill, the project demanded two weeks' time, 20...

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