Mathew Brady

An American photographer of the 19th century, Mathew Brady is one of the earliest masters of photography in American history. First, he began as a portrait photographer in New York, photographing various people in his own studio- from everyday people to celebrities and politicians, like Frederik Douglas and Abraham Lincoln. He grew successful, but things took a turn in his work when the Civil War began. Brady oversaw at least twenty photographers in documenting the Civil War, and captured some of the most historically important images personally. He felt it was his duty as an American to document what was happening and share it to the masses, but this personal duty would lead him to bankruptcy. He would continue photographing people, including celebrities and politicians, after the war. Known as the father of american photojournalism. 1822-1896.
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