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A biography of matthew brady a famous photographer

He was notorious for his celebrity portraits and American Civil War documentation. He is also credited as the pioneer of photojournalism.

Mathew B. Brady

Brady initially ran a campaign to warn parents to take the photos of their children who were soldiers before its too late, however later he thought of photographically recording the Civil War. First he took permission to be on the site of the battle by writing an application to President Abraham Lincoln. The President allowed him but with the condition that Brady financed all his expenditures on his own.

He took his photography studio to the battlefield.

Mathew Brady

At the Bull Run Battle, Brady took his first famous photos of the conflict. He appointed Timothy H. Roche, and 17 other people who were provided with a mobile darkroom and were asked to photograph Civil War scenes.

At this point in time, Brady resided in Washington, D. The show was named The Dead of Antietam. Many images were new to America since they were graphic photos of corpses.

  1. He equipped 15 to 20 photographers in wagons with assorted cameras, tripods, chemicals and glass plates Brady was no longer producing daguerreotypes but was using the glass collodion system. Through his assistants, Mathew Brady was able to take several thousand photographs of the American Civil War of which some were made available at the Library of Congress, and the National Archives.
  2. It is unusual for a man who created such a rich collection of photographic history to have a past so obscure. Because of his impaired vision, the studios employed operators who took photographs as well as a staff of technicians and retouchers.
  3. After training with the artist William Page and the artist and inventor Samuel F.

Through his assistants, Mathew Brady was able to take several thousand photographs of the American Civil War of which some were made available at the Library of Congress, and the National Archives.

These images act as a pictorial reference of the history of the war. While the war was on, Mathew Brady created 10,000 photographic plates for 100,000 dollars. He also had to sell his studio in New York.

  1. Their photographs of the battlefields forever changed how man viewed the tragedy of war. Many images were new to America since they were graphic photos of corpses.
  2. Brady had an extensive personal collection of presidential portraits. Brady produced more than seven thousand photos.
  3. The government, however, showed no interest.

These images helped people and historians understand that era in a much better way. Lee, James Longstreet, P. Beauregard, and Jefferson Davis. These images have been used on Lincoln penny and 5 dollar bill.

Brady produced more than seven thousand photos. Some of his images were lost and others were preserved.