Monday, June 27, 2011

Mathew Brady


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. 

11 comments:

  1. In reality, Brady took some of the photos but now where near all. He had a large group of staff photographers.

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  2. Why do so many people 'make it' after they are dead. Strange reality.

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  3. rharper,
    Good question. I think that a characteristic of "true genius" is that it is ahead of its time. Contemporaries can not appreciate true genius because it is so far ahead of its time.
    PJM

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  4. Some of his photographs have become more renowned than his namesake, but it is worth noting that he manipulated corpses and weapons into provocative poses for dramatic effect.

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  5. And beyond his staff, he bought photos from others and put his name on them.

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  6. Mr. Brady and others provided us with a great photographic record of the bloodiest war in our history.
    I think it should be mandatory that youngsters in school be taught this chapter of America; but most of them probably couldn't even tell you who fought in the War Between the States!
    I read once where one young thug stated that the war was fought in the 1940's under FDR....is is that our teachers are just incompetent or the kids too danged lazy....or both!!!
    IF there is any future for this country we have our youngsters have to get it right....take away the cell phones in the classroom (in my day it was bubblegum) and bring back corporal punishment to teach these slackers respect!!
    Once again, a wonderful photo young man; you keep posting them and I'll keep lookin' at 'em.

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  7. I am in the late 70s and still working. I work mostly with kids in their late teens to early 30s. For the most part they seem OK but they very lacking in manners and have no idea about the history of this country and no skils other than computers and cell phones. Oh yes they are also very knowlegable about how to work the system,(food stamps and hand outs from the government). One of them informed me a while back that it is all FREE. YEAH

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  8. Pope George RingoJune 27, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    Maybe I'm a mean old man too, but it seems to me that a lot of kids are lacking in handwriting skills and outright social skills...due to the fact that they spend 90 percent of their time texting each other.
    Since texting is all done in code {i.e. bff, etc.} I have heard that many cannot even properly spell nowadays.
    Call me a mean old man if you want, but I am only 50.

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  9. Mathew Brady may have been ahead of his time, but he assumed that his photos would be bought be the government after the war and they were not. So instead he became an alcoholic and died penniless. A very sad end for someone so well known.

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  10. I believe his photo of Lincoln looking presidential holding a book went a long way toward getting Lincoln elected.

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  11. It would be interesting to compare his photographs with the artists' renditions (including those of Winslow Homer).

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