Matthew Brady

Mathew B. Brady (May 18, 1822 – January 15, 1896) was one of the first American photographers. He studied under inventor Samuel F. B. Morse, who pioneered the daguerreotype technique in America. Brady opened his own studio in New York in 1844, and photographed Andrew Jackson and John Quincy Adams, among other celebrities. When the Civil War started, his use of a mobile studio and darkroom enabled vivid battlefield photographs that brought home the reality of war to the public.  The thousands of photographs which Mathew Brady’s photographers (such as Alexander Gardner and Timothy O’Sullivan) took have become the most important visual documentation of the Civil War, and have helped historians and the public better understand the era – wikipedia

I’ve always loved looking at some of these old portraits of historic figures of the past. In the early days of photography, Matthew Brady had a simple “shutter”. When they were ready to expose the film, they simply removed the lens cap by hand and then put it back on after a predetermined length of time. Since the photographic plates used in those days were not very sensitive, exposures of five or ten minutes were common. – NYIP

photos by Matthew Brady


Photo Calendar

My oldest son surprised me with a late birthday present today. I think I have traveled close to ten states this year and I have had a lot of fun photographing the scenery that I have seen. I am loving taking pictures and being influenced by other photographers. I’m still learning a lot and I just got to keep going out and practice more. My son is taking a computer graphics design class and made this calendar for me. He went on my laptop and took the photos that I have taken this year and used them to create it. I thought he did an excellent job as his calendar looked very professional. What a great gift!

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Photographing Monument Valley


Don Bartletti

The more I travel and the more I take photos, I find myself more and more wanting to be a photo journalist. I love taking pictures and I love telling the stories behind them. Tonight I attended a lecture given by 2003 Pulitzer finalist Don Bartletti. He has spent years documenting the immigration problems at the Mexican border. He has also documented the migration of Central American riding on freight trains escaping poverty situations. Many are youths in search of their parents that left them behind. This is captured in the book Bound to El Norte. I was really inspired by his talk and his pictures are stunning. They really capture what these people go through and the struggles of immigration. His pictures come to life because he is willing to live life with these people and experience what they go through.