(New York 1823 – 1896)
In 1844, Brady opened his atelier on Broadway, but starting in 1847 the major developments with the daguerreotype that swept across the United States allowed him to establish a studio in Washington, DC, as well. Due to the many requests for daguerreotypes, portraits were entrusted to a series of assistants and Brady’s name appeared on its own, as a guarantee of high-quality standards. In 1860, Brady published The Gallery of Illustrious Americans, a series of twelve portraits of famous people in America reproduced in lithograph. That same year, Brady took the portrait of the President, Abraham Lincoln, who personally invited him to document, along with Gardner and Timothy O’ Sullivan, the Civil War, thereby creating the first war photoreportage.