Mathew Brady Portraits of a Nation

ISBN-10: 1620402033
ISBN-13: 9781620402030
Edition: 2013
Authors: Robert Wilson
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Description: In the 1840s and 1850s, "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  More...

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Book details

List price: $28.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Publication date: 8/6/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.342

In the 1840s and 1850s, "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 bethebiography 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 19th century.

Robert Wilson has lived and worked around the world, including spells shipbroking, tourguiding, and exporting bathrooms to Nigeria. Eventually, Rob settled in Portugal, and turned to novels. Since then, he's written many acclaimed crime novels including the CWA Gold Dagger award winning A SMALL DEATH IN LISBON and the Falc�n series, recently adapted for television. His first novel featuring Charlie Boxer, CAPITAL PUNISHMENT was shortlisted for CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger award. Find out more at www.robert-wilson.eu.

Introduction: "Photo by Brady"
"A Craving for Light"
"This Great National Map"
"In Daguerreotypes … We Beat the World"
"Large Copies from Small Originals"
"Startling Likenesses of the Great"
"Wonderful Strangers"
"Last Place … to See the Nation Whole"
"Illustrations of Camp Life"
"A Continuous Roll of Musketry"
"More Eloquent Than the Sternest Speech"
"The Terrible Reality and Earnestness of War"
"Brady and the Lilliputians"
"Rebel Invasion"
"That Memorable Campaign"
"The Ball Has Opened"
"A Photographic Pantheon"
"Familiar as Household Words"
"The Stings of Poverty"
Acknowledgments
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

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