Made Here: The Scot Who Shot the American Civil War, BBC Scotland

THE historical roots of photo-journalism are explored in a new BBC Scotland documentary about a Paisley-born photographer who covered the American Civil War.

‘The Scot Who Shot the American Civil War’ tells the story of Alexander Gardner, who was born in Paisley in 1821 and emigrated to the US in 1856, to later become the official photographer of the Yankee army.

Gardner’s first major assignment was the Battle of Antietam, on September 17, 1862 – known as America’s ‘bloodiest day’.

The documentary is being transmitted this evening, on BBC Two Scotland at 2100.

It’s an in-house production, from BBC Scotland in Aberdeen. Here, the programme’s executive producer, Neil McDonald, answers the questions.

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