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Who was Matthew Brady?
journey to get treatment for an eye infection. Somewhere along the line, perhaps on the same journey or through a connection with William Page, he met Samuel F.B. Morse. Morse is believed to have taught Brady about the art of daguerreotypy, the process of creating a mirror image on a silver-surfaced copper plate.
Matthew Brady – In the Beginning
In 1844, Brady opened up his first studio in New York City. His studio was called The Daguerrean Miniature Gallery and it was located on Broadway. Brady painted miniature portraits and jewelry. He also manufactured cases for daguerreotypes. Brady began taking photographs of many famous people, including Edgar Allen Poe and James Fennimore Cooper.
Later he moved to Washington, DC where he made miniature daguerreotypes of well-known politicians such as Zachary Taylor and Daniel Webster.
In 1850, Brady published a project he called The Gallery of Illustrious Americans. He won awards at Fairs in the United States and in London.
During the presidential campaign in 1860, Brady made 35 photographs of Abraham Lincoln. He is also known to have taken the photographs of many other famous people and new soldiers would flock to his studio to have their photographs taken in their new uniforms as they anticipated the brewing Civil War.
The Civil War
anyone had moved them.Brady had used his own money to hire his staff and fund his Civil War photo documentary project which had caused him to accumulate a great deal of debt. After the war, he had hoped to sell his documentary to the New York Historical Society, but it didn’t work out. In 1875, the
United States government bought his photographs for the sum of $25,000. Brady was able to pay off his debts, but he was left penniless. For a while, Brady lived in Washington, DC where he worked with his nephew. In 1895, he suffered an accident, breaking his legs. He died in New York on January 15, 1896. On January 19, a New York newspaper reported that Brady had died without ever being repaid for all his work photographing and documenting the Civil War. The New York 7th Regiment Veteran’s Association paid for his funeral. He is buried in the Congressional Cemetery in Washington, DC.
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