This photo was taken by Mathew B. Brady, Camp Sprague. Named First Rhode Island Regiment. Company D (Washington, D.C.) 1861. Albumen silver print.
Mathew B. Brady, a son of Irish immigrants, was born in 1823 in Warren County, New York. Brady can be viewed as the father of photojournalism. He was the most prominent photographer of the Civil War because of his commitment and mastery of his job. He mastered the art when he was in his 20s. Brady would later spend his own accumulated earnings to take pictures of the war. In 1844, Brady opened a private studio in New York City displaying photographs of famous Americans. He himself said, “From the first, I regarded myself as under obligation to my country to preserve the faces of its historic men and mothers.”
I choose this image because it’s typical photography from that time. This group picture shows that at that time the camera still can’t catch the motion images, we can see some soldiers have the blur face which who moved his body when taken the photo. The photos use the nature light and people stand still many minutes in order to get enough light come though the camera. These albumen silver prints made from negative as large as 12*15 inches, were expensive and were conceived to appeal to a small but wealthy audience. It constitute the first intentionally produced collectible series of photographs in American photography.