Mathew Brady, Portraits of a Nation
City of Manassas, VA . . . On Sunday, Aug. 18 at 2 p.m., Author Robert Wilson will deliver a free book talk at the Manassas Museum about the photographer who captured the iconic images of Abraham Lincoln and so many others of that time.
Wilson’s new book, Mathew Brady, Portraits of a Nation, has met with rave reviews. Wilson, a resident of the City of Manassas, will travel to Boston, Paris and other great cities during his book tour. Although his is one of hundreds of books examining Mathew’s work, reviewers say Wilson has brought the photographer to life in a new way. Wilson’s richly illustrated biography chronicles Brady’s influence on 19th-century photography and his role as promoter, innovator, teacher, mentor, collector, historian, and advocate for the new medium of photography.
The Civil War was the first war in history to leave a detailed photographic record, and more than ten thousand war images are attributed to the Brady studio. Wilson says that Brady knew better than anyone the dual power of the camera to record and excite, to stop a moment in time and preserve it. Mathew Brady, Portraits of a Nation is available at Echoes, The Manassas Museum Store at www.manassasmuseum.org.