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Mathew Brady
Mathew Brady
American, 1823 - 1896
Biography: Mathew Brady was a nineteenth-century American photographer who learned photography from Samuel Morse. He opened his first portrait studio in New York in 1844; in 1849, he opened one in Washington, DC. In 1860, he opened his last studio in New York, at Broadway and Tenth Street,and called it the National Photographic Portrait Gallery. He is best known for his portraits and photographs of the American Civil War, despite the fact that most of the Civil War photographs attributed to him were taken by photographers in his employ.