I can remember looking at a book of Mathew Brady’s photographs as a child and how disturbing they were. I was both terrified and mesmerized by his photographs of the dead during the Civil War and his photographs of starving Andersonville prisoners have long stuck with me. Brady is the father of photojournalism, and his documentation of a terrible time in our country’s history moves me every time I see his work.
Portrait of Mathew Brady by L.C.Handy ca. 1865.
President Abraham Lincoln. January 8, 1864
Mrs. Vickers – [Mrs. Gen. M. Vickers(?) with long flowing hair, three-quarter length portrait, seated at table with open book]
[Unknown location. Embalming surgeon at work on soldier’s body]
Dead Confederate soldier.
The Library of Congress has written a biographical note here, and there are many more photos attributed to him at the Library of Congress’ Prints and Photographs Collection.