Mathew Brady and the Image of History

Mathew Brady and the Image of History

Book - 1997
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In Mathew Brady and the Image of History, Mary Panzer describes how Brady used the documentary medium of photography to portray a stable, purposeful, patriotic republic during the decades when the national identity was fragmenting. She charts the most productive years of Brady's career, from his emergence in 1844 as a daguerreotypist in New York to his bankruptcy in Washington, D.C., in 1872. Intent on creating a "national portrait gallery" of famous leaders that would connect such luminaries as Daniel Webster and Henry Clay with the Civil War leaders who succeeded them - and with future generations - Brady assiduously courted his subjects, enhancing their reputations along with his own. Taking advantage of emerging photographic paper printing techniques to create large-format, classically posed portraits, Brady also collaborated with painters such as G.P.A. Healy and Alonzo Chappel, who used his photographs to complete their own heroically scaled images. Contending that Brady's photographs contribute to an,ongoing national interest in the Civil War, Panzer concludes that they continue to function as Brady hoped they would, constructing an idealized history in which fact and memory are intertwined.
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Smithsonian Institution Press for the National Portrait Gallery, 1997
ISBN: 9781560987932
Branch Call Number: 770.92 Bra
Description: xxiii, 232 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm


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