Photo by Brady : a picture of the Civil War

by Armstrong, Jennifer, 1961-

Format: Print Book 2005
Availability: Available at 6 Libraries 6 of 6 copies
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Bethel Park Public Library Nonfiction 973.73 AR
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Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison Children Non Fiction J 973.7 ARMSTRONG
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Crafton Public Library Young Adult - Non-Fiction YA 973.73 ARMSTRONG 2005
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Mathew B. Brady was already a famous photographer by the time the Civil War began. But the war gave Brady something else:
The chance to make a RECORD OF A WAR -- this war -- in a way that had never been done before: WITH TRUE-TO-LIFE PICTURES INSTEAD OF JUST WORDS. He hired field photographers to travel with the troops, equipped them with cameras and wagons filled with supplies, and sent them out with the directive to make a visual record of the war and to show people scenes they could have only read about before.
The pictures the field photographers sent back were HAUNTING, BEAUTIFUL, DEVASTATING, AND TOTALLY UNFORGETTABLE. And thousands of them included the notation "Photo by Brady." Though Brady didn't actually take the photographs, he was the genius behind them. His vision and foresight gave the country images that not only touched the people at the time, but have gone on to leave an indelible mark on the collective memory of this country. And the name of Mathew Brady will always be remembered with them.
In Photo By Brady, Jennifer Armstrong tells the story of the Civil War as seen through the lenses of its recorders. It is a moving and elegant look at the brutal and deadly time.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 6-9. Readers may need some background to fully appreciate this, but Armstrong doesn't disappoint in a slice of Civil War history that uses photographer Matthew Brady as its touchstone. As the book opens, Brady mortgages his thriving business to fund, train, and equip a stable of photographers to document Union troops in Virginia and the East. The text smoothly juxtaposes the complex decisions Lincoln faced as commander in chief and the devastation at places such as Fredericksburg and Gettysburg against the task of taking photographs in the field. The bloody charges and the daily grind are vividly evoked in both words and carefully selected and labeled photos--some familiar, many unsettling. Intriguing, if unnecessary, text insets (Photos Not Taken ) challenge readers to imagine pictures they might have taken had they been part of the history. Packed with well-documented quotes, this truly absorbing account, written with both honesty and surprising grace, will sear the conflict in memory in the same way the photos did--and still do. --Stephanie Zvirin Copyright 2005 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Brady, Mathew B., -- approximately 1823-1896 -- Juvenile literature.
Photographers -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Juvenile literature.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Photography -- Juvenile literature.
Publisher New York :Atheneum Books For Young Readers,2005
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors Brady, Mathew B., approximately 1823-1896.
Language English
Description xi, 147 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (page 136) and index.
ISBN 0689857853
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