Civil War Portraits by Mathew Brady

By P. Bogart | 2014/11/14 - 10:24:34


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Besides being one of the first American photographers, Mathew Brady was also one of the most creative. Credited as the father of photojournalism, Brady and an extensive crew of collaborators bravely travelled through the midst of the American Civil War, along the Eastern side of the United States, to document the battlefield.

During that time, Brady also kept two studios in Washington and New York, where important politicians, war heroes and common citizens went to take portraits. Capturing an image was a rather complex process, with very long exposure periods that required the model to sit still as a rock. But even with all those tough constraints, Brady's photos seem to emanate the lighter side of each individual.

His extensive portfolio includes over 6000 images and it is a priceless visual document of 19th century America and the Civil War period. 
Captain Edward P. Doherty, John Wilkes Booth's captor, circa 1863. Photo by Mathew Brady.
Captain Edward P. Doherty, John Wilkes Booth's captor, circa 1863
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Tinnie Clafin, Wall Street broker, circa 1863. Photo by Mathew Brady.
Tinnie Clafin, Wall Street broker, circa 1863
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Miss Wheeler, circa 1863. Photo by Mathew Brady.
Miss Wheeler, circa 1863
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General James S. Wadsworth, circa 1863. Photo by Mathew Brady.
General James S. Wadsworth, circa 1863
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Miss Alice Harrison, circa 1863. Photo by Mathew Brady.
Miss Alice Harrison, circa 1863
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Actress, circa 1863. Photo by Mathew Brady.
Actress, circa 1863
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Walt Whitman, circa 1863. Photo by Mathew Brady.
Walt Whitman, circa 1863
CC / The U.S. National Archives
Miss Clara Barton, nurse, circa 1863. Photo by Mathew Brady.
Miss Clara Barton, nurse, circa 1863
CC / The U.S. National Archives
W. Black, wounded boy, circa 1863. Photo by Mathew Brady.
W. Black, wounded boy, circa 1863
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Lady, circa 1863. Photo by Mathew Brady.
Lady, circa 1863
CC / The U.S. National Archives
Miss Ida Williams, circa 1863. Photo by Mathew Brady.
Miss Ida Williams, circa 1863
CC / The U.S. National Archives
Officer, circa 1863. Photo by Mathew Brady.
Officer, circa 1863
CC / The U.S. National Archives
Abraham Lincoln, circa 1863. Photo by Mathew Brady.
President Abraham Lincoln, circa 1863
CC / The U.S. National Archives

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