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Mr. Lincoln's Camera Man: Mathew B. Brady 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0486230214
ISBN-10: 048623021X
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Mathew Brady, one of the foremost early American photographers and one of the earliest war photographers, was "official photographer" for the Union Army in the Civil War. With his assistants and his horse-drawn photographic wagon, Brady accompanied the troops and recorded the war firsthand. His war pictures are among the greatest war photographs ever taken, and constitute a prized pictorial record of American history.
A photographer much in demand by statesmen and celebrities, Brady amassed a gallery of distinguished portraits. Most famous of these is the "Brady Lincoln," the photograph used for the engraving of the Lincoln head on the five-dollar bill. There are even photographs of Brady himself. But the heart of the book is the Civil War photographs: Battle Smoke, Union Wounded at Fredericksburg, Burnside's Bridge over the Antietam, Death of a Rebel Sniper, Remains of the Dead at Chancellorsville, Embalming Surgeon at Work, Atlanta Ga. Just After Its Capture, and others. Meredith's text tells the story behind many of the photographs and gives a lively account of Brady's life and times.
In this Dover edition almost all the photographic prints have been reproduced directly from negatives and photographs on file at the Library of Congress—they are sharper and clearer than the reproductions in the first edition; numbers for all negatives are now included—a great boon to Brady picture research; and corrections have been made in the attributions of some of the photographs.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; 2nd edition (June 1, 1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 048623021X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486230214
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.8 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,102,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Originally published in 1946, this is a terrific presentation of Civil War photos by the Matthew Brady team. Of special interest is the section reproducing Brady's post-war lantern slide lecture book, with unedited captions, for a program that was to have been presented at Carnegie Hall.

Roy Meredith's text covers Brady's pre-war career, with a large sampling of his portraits - including Lincoln - then takes up a chronological account, mostly of the Eastern Theater, as Brady & his team followed the armies in a wagon, processing their plates under terrible conditions. A large amount of photographs must have been ruined in the rain & mud. Brady mostly points his camera at the terrible aftermath of battle, at bodies & broken barricades, but there is one rare photo that may have been shot during Antietam. Brady is present at an out door gathering of Grant and his generals (Brady calls it a "War Council," but Grant never put his plans up for a vote. We see a defeated Lee, his great dignity intact. The Grand Review marches past. The Lincoln conspirators are hanged. Then we meet an arrogant Custer; a delegation of Native American chiefs; the curvaceous dancer, Laura Le Claire; Andrew Carnegie and finally, President Grant.

There are many books available of Civil War photographs. This one is excellent because it focuses on Brady. It's a large book - over 300 pages & 300 photos. Dover publishes fine books at bargain prices.

Bob Rixon
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I have a collection of Civil War books including over 10 different photo books. Some have outstanding sections of pictures, but this is the best complete photo collection. Brady and his assistants may not have been the best, but they compiled an amazing amount photos covering every phase of the war.
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Brady was a great photographer during the Civil War. His pictures show a world from a different era. /Ed K//
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Have become a history buff and enjoy reading.
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I think that the greatest president that ever lived needed a his own camera man! Still I wonder if those years(during the civil war) were not to hard on a person.I had a soviegner of a Lincoln bust once Its gone now but the spirit live on!Insiders' Guide to Omaha & Lincoln (Insiders' Guide Series)
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