Frederick "Eugene" Durbec was one of the first Civil War photographers.
'Charleston's Civil War Photographers: Osborn & Durbec'
"Among the most important Civil War photographers were J. M. Osborn and F. E. Durbec, yet they were partners for only three and a half years. The images they took of plantation life in South Carolina in 1860 are among the only American documentary photographs showing scenes with African-American slaves. They were at the epicenter of the rebellion and their photographs of the shell-torn forts in Charleston Harbor in April 1861, after the surrender of Fort Sumter, which are still widely published today, established that Confederate photographers took the war's first images. The story of these two men and how they came together as unlikely partners in photography, until the war ended that alliance, has never been told until now."
The above paragraph is from the April 2015 issue of Battlefield Photographer Magazine published by The Center for Civil War Photography. Please contact me if you would like a copy of the article.
FREDERICK E DURBEC
25TH SC INF
OCT 1 1894