Talk:Mathew Brady

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Best photograph?[edit]

Can anyone suggest and give a link to his best photograph? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:53, 29 May 2006

I don't think he has a single best-known photo; it's even a little fuzzy which ones were his and which were taken by people he employed, under his direction. The 'Dead of Antietam' exhibit is mentioned in most descriptions of his work, but I think that's more to do with its historical value, signalling a change from idealized paintings of war to stark photos of actual corpses. grendel|khan 15:59, 27 March 2007 (UTC)
There are many famous photographs that he personally took. His MOST famous is the cooper union photograph of President Abraham Lincoln which Lincoln claimed made him president.--Octavian history (talk) 07:38, 26 January 2008 (UTC)

Banners on this page[edit]

matthew brady is american photographer that was distrod by the civil war the photogrphs made him go in to bank rupcy and he died penniless and anprdictible...

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Studio in AT Stewart's Store?[edit]

It's my understanding that Brady had a "studio" in Alexander T Stewart's store at some point. Anyone know when? DEddy (talk) 19:57, 14 February 2009 (UTC)

Matthew B. Brady[edit]

What does the B. stand for? Has this information been lost to history? Robert K S (talk) 06:51, 28 August 2009 (UTC)

He claimed that it stood for nothing. ref
⋙–Berean–Hunter—► ((⊕)) 20:24, 1 June 2011 (UTC)


According to Youtube, he was the inventor of an early film-projector, and made a short movie of Abraham Lincoln! (Watch here:

Is there any fact behind that story?

Completely false. Film came about in the late 1880s. While Lincoln was still alive, photographic techniques required large glass plates used as the negatives. There isn't really a method for feeding long strings of glass plates into a camera. torq (talk) 16:52, 9 June 2011 (UTC)

Date of birth[edit]

What is source? It is my understanding that no birth certificate or other documentation has ever been found. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 08:15, 1 June 2011 (UTC)

I have placed a request for citation on the birthdate. While searching, I didn't find a source with that date but found sources with dates that were all over the place from 1822 to 1824. As for birth wouldn't find one as they came into existence in the US in 1915 and didn't become popular until Social Security required that you have one (or other ample proof...a vouching parent or family bible) in the 1930s. Maybe another editor can shed some light on his birthdate.
⋙–Berean–Hunter—► ((⊕)) 20:33, 1 June 2011 (UTC)
I changed it to ca. 1823 - the date on the gravestone and in the Library of Congress catalog. --Jarekt (talk) 21:39, 20 September 2011 (UTC)

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Death year?[edit]

Hi all. Brady's grave at the Congressional Cemetery seems to specify a death year of 1895, whereas other gravestones and this article say that he died in 1896. Is there a reason for this discrepancy? Thanks. Mike Peel (talk) 20:58, 15 September 2012 (UTC)

Ah, I think I missed the explanation when I was touring the cemetery, since his other grave (photograph at File:Mathew Brady's grave 1.jpg) shows his death year of 1896.... Thanks. Mike Peel (talk) 21:07, 15 September 2012 (UTC)

First Modern Ad?[edit]

When I saw the wording "In 1856 Brady created the first modern advertisement", I thought – what about all those ads in Illustrated London News and The Times. So I tried the two links, and the second, "Emergence of Advertising in America" was dead, so I replaced it with the correct one (

On that page it says:

1856: Mathew Brady advertises his services of "photographs, ambrotypes and daguerreotypes" in the New York Herald paper. His inventive use of type in the ad goes against the newspaper industry standard of all-agate and all same-size type used for advertisements in the papers.

It does not say he was the first to create a modern advertisement, "modern" (as the article Wikipedia article suggests) because he used a different font from the rest of the newspaper. If "modern" and "first" can be used in that context, then there are prior ads in England such as this one from 1851 for Smedley's Chillie Paste, which uses fancy fonts. See

At best, Brady could be considered one of the pioneers, in the USA, to use different fonts in an ad.

So, I am challenging the assertion of the first modern ad, and have replaced it. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Guyburns (talkcontribs) 01:30, 24 March 2014 (UTC)

Invented (or maybe not) stock photography[edit]

According to Stockphoto, who got it from The Stock Photography Handbook (ASMP, New York/Pennyfeather Press, 1984), Mathew Brady was either the first stock photographer or one of the first:

"The business of selling stock photography has been around since the American Civil War, when Matthew (sic) Brady sold images he and other photographers made of the war for use in stereo viewers (ASMP, 1984). Various stock photography libraries have been actively conducting business around the world for much of this century, but the real surge in popularity for publishing these existing photographs has only surfaced over the past fifteen years."

  1. Who the hell is "ASMP"? Are they a reliable source?
  2. The article already mentions that after the war, Brady died bankrupt because no one would buy his photos because they were all trying to forget the war. We also know that stereo viewers remained popular after the war - although they didn't use war photos. One wonders why Brady didn't sell his pre-war photos, or take new photos and sell those. Of course, in less than 3/4 of a century, the business of selling photos made quite a comeback.
  3. The fact that Brady sold his photos for use in "stereo viewers" isn't mentioned in the Mathew Brady or stock photography articles. If "ASMP" is a reliable source, shouldn't it be mentioned in one or both? (And if not, it should be mentioned if we can find a reliable source mentioning it). By the way, who were these "other photographers"? Did Brady sell all their images? Did they all die bankrupt?

- Hop on Bananas (talk) 00:32, 20 November 2015 (UTC)