Matthew Brady was born in Warren County, New York, in about 1823. He became a daguerreotype photographer in New York City in 1844, achieving considerable success with his portraits of important Americans. As his eyesight weakened during the 1850s he shifted from directly taking photographs to managing the efforts of others, who worked under the Brady name. During the Civil War, Brady aggressively sought to capture images of the great conflict's actors, sites and events. This effort brought him lasting fame, but also left him financially bankrupt. In 1876 the bulk of his negatives were acquired by the U.S. Government, and now reside in the collections of the Library of Congress and the National Archives. Though Matthew Brady died destitute on 15 January 1896, the thousands of historic photographs created under his guidance form a lasting memorial to his foresight and energy during a critical time in the history of the Nation, and of the photographic art.
This page provides links to photographs credited to Matthew Brady.
|If you want higher resolution reproductions than the "Online Library's" digital images, see: "How to Obtain Photographic Reproductions."|
|If you want higher resolution reproductions than the Online Library's digital images, see: "How to Obtain Photographic Reproductions."|
Page made 28 February 2007