Photography at Antietam

Alexander Gardner image of a burial crew.
Alexander Gardner image of a Union burial crew at Antietam.
Mathew Brady
Mathew Brady

Samuel Morse, inventor of the telegraph, was in Europe and he helped bring the magic of photography to the United States. One of his students was Matthew Brady. Brady opened his photographic studio in New York City in 1844 where he became almost as famous as the notables who sat for their portraits. Brady’s gallery was still using the Daguerre silver plate process. In 1856, glass plate photography made it to the States and no one perfected its process, or used it more effectively, than Brady’s employee Alexander Gardner.

Gardner stereo image from Antietam
Gardner stereo image entitled "A Contrast: Federal buried, Confederate unburied, where they fell on the Battlefield of Antietam."
sketch created from original photograph
Woodcut created from the Gardner photograph that was reproduced in the newspapers.

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