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Mathew B Brady Civil War Photographer Mathew B Brady Civil War Photographer was written by Elizabeth Van Steenwyk Elizabeth Van Steenwyk has written many good books for young people including Saddlebag Salesmen The California Missions Frederic Remington The California Gold Rush West with the Forty-Niners and Ida B Wells-Barnett Woman of Courage Elizabeth now lives in San Marino California with her husband Mathew B Brady was born somewhere between 1823 and 1824 His early life is somewhat a mystery He was born in Warren County in New York and his parents might have been Irish immigrants His middle name was even a mystery when asked what the B stood for he said that he inserted it because it seemed more distinguished When he turned 16 he met William Page a man wanting to become an artist The both of them worked together and Pages artistic abilities were most likely Bradys starting interest in becoming a photographer In 1839 or 1840 Brady and Page moved to New York City Meanwhile a French inventor named Louis-Jacques-Mand Daguerre was inventing something that would change Bradys life In 1839 Daguerre invented his camera Samuel F B Morse went over to France to check out Daguerres camera He wrote back to a magazine saying that it was perhaps the greatest invention in this age When Samuel Morse returned to New York City and started a school for learning how to use the camera Brady very interested in the camera signed up for lessons Several years later Brady graduated and started his own little photography business on Broadway In 1844 Brady won first place in the first photographic contest in America Winning the contest also won Brady a lot of clients He became very popular in New York He took pictures of twenty-five famous people and therefore published The Gallery of Illustrious Americans He opened another studio in Washington DC and he then met Julia Handy whom he
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