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Title:Mathew Brady: Portraits of a Nation
Format Type:Ebook
Author:Robert Woodrow Wilson
Publisher:Bloomsbury USA
ISBN 13:
Number of Pages:288
Category:History, Non fiction, Civil war, Biography, Photography

Mathew Brady: Portraits of a Nation by Robert Woodrow Wilson

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Mathew Brady: Portraits of a Nation In the s and s Brady of Broadway was one of the most successful and acclaimed Manhattan portrait galleries Henry Clay Daniel Webster Dolley Madison Henry James as a boy with his father Horace Greeley Edgar Allan Poe the Prince of Wales and Jenny Lind were among the dignitaries photographed in Mathew Brady s studio But it was during the Civil War that he became the founding father of what is now called photojournalism and his photography became an enduring part of American history .

The Civil War was the first war in history to leave a detailed photographic record and Mathew Brady was the war s chief visual historian Previously the general public had never seen in such detail the bloody particulars of war the strewn bodies of the dead the bloated carcasses of horses the splintered remains of trees and fortifications the chaos and suffering on the battlefield Brady knew better than anyone of his era the dual power of the camera to record and to excite to stop a moment in time and to draw the viewer vividly into that moment .

He was not in the strictest sense a Civil War photographer As the director of a photographic service he assigned Alexander Gardner James F Gibson and others to take photographs often under his personal supervision he also distributed Civil War photographs taken by others not employed by him Ironically Brady had accompanied the Union army to the first major battle at Bull Run but was so shaken by the experience that throughout the rest of the war he rarely visited battlefields except well before or after a major battle The famous Brady photographs at Antietam were shot by Gardner and Gibson .

Few books about Brady have gone beyond being collections of the photographs attributed to him accompanied by a biographical sketch MATHEW BRADY will be i the i biography of an American legend a businessman an accomplished and innovative technician a suave promoter a celebrated portrait artist and perhaps most important a historian who chronicled America during its finest and gravest moments of the th century

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