Brady's Civil War: A Collection of Civil War Images Photographed by Matthew Brady and his Assistants

Brady's Civil War: A Collection of Civil War Images Photographed by Matthew Brady and his Assistants

by Webb B. Garrison
     
 

In the Civil War era, Matthew Brady and his staff became the country's foremost photographers of battle scenes and military life, traveling widely throughout the warring states with their cameras. Brady, who learned the rudiments of photography from Samuel Morse (the inventor of Morse code), had established his own daguerreotype studio in New York in 1844.By the time…  See more details below

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In the Civil War era, Matthew Brady and his staff became the country's foremost photographers of battle scenes and military life, traveling widely throughout the warring states with their cameras. Brady, who learned the rudiments of photography from Samuel Morse (the inventor of Morse code), had established his own daguerreotype studio in New York in 1844.By the time of the war, however, Brady was suffering from extremely poor eyesight, so many of the photographs credited to him were in fact taken by his staff. Nonetheless, he amassed a priceless archive of images of the war-some six thousand of them-with subjects as diverse as politicians, military leaders, and soldiers in the field, as well as devastating scenes of carnage and destruction taken shortly after the battles, and portraits of home life during the war.Brady's Civil War is, in many ways, the complete realization of Brady's dream of bringing his photographs to the world at large: It not only offers more than three hundred stunning Civil War photographs but also sets the record straight as to the authorship of the photographs, finally dispelling the questions and myths that have shrouded his legacy for more than a century.

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Matthew Brady was America's foremost Civil War photographer. He learned the basics from none other than Samuel Morse, and set up his own daguerreotype studio in New York in 1844. Little known about Brady: His fading eyesight during the war meant that his assistants were responsible for many of the photos credited to him. Brady's Civil War presents more than 300 of these classic photos, while also clearing up the questions and myths concerning their origin.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585746934
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
09/28/2002
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
10.20(w) x 10.96(h) x 0.73(d)

Meet the Author

Webb Garrison is a former university dean and college president who has spent a lifetime collecting and chronicling Civil War imagery and documentation. He has written more than a thousand articles for magazines, and over sixty-five books-of which the most popular are on the Civil War; their cumulative sales are approaching one million copies. He is a frequent speaker on this subject for radio talk shows and national TV programs.

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