Monday, June 27, 2011
Today's picture is of Mathew Brady, one of the real pioneers of photography. Brady is remembered for creating the photographic record of the Civil War. He took portraits of most of the important figures in the Civil War. He also took photographs on the battlefield which for the first time brought the horrors of war home to the average citizen. Today, his photographs are considered masterpieces, but he died penniless and forgotten. His endeavor to photograph the Civil War turned out to be a business nightmare, and he never recovered from the financial losses.