Artist turns American Civil War photographers' portraits into colour

Mail Online | 1/29/2019 | Bhvishya Patel For Mailonline
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Incredible images from the American Civil War have been brought back to life in a series of startling colour animations.

The photographs taken by the esteemed 19th-century American photographer Mathew Brady on his four lens camera would have allowed him to take more pictures and stay ahead of the competition.

Photographer - Matt - Loughrey - Ireland - Hours

Photographer Matt Loughrey, from Ireland, spent hours examining a catologue of Brady's negatives, that had originally been dismissed as duplicates, to discover that there were minute difference between each set of four.

Mr Loughrey colourised the images before overlaying them to create the impression of movement.

Life - Images - America - Civil - War

Now brought back to life, the fascinating images from the America Civil War (1861-1865) reveal the subtle movements made in each shot by each one of the historical figures Brady was able to picture.

Abraham Lincoln (left) was pictured by Mathew Brady in a statesman-like pose before the Civil War broke out. The photograph helped paint an image of him as a future contender for the Oval Office before he finally became the 16th President in 1861. Cavalry Commander George Armstrong Custer (right), was a prominent figure in the Union army who became known for his foolhardy characteristics. He entered the Civil War as a second lieutenant before leading the Michigan Cavalry Brigade.

Mr - Loughrey - Discovery - Brady - Work

Mr Loughrey, who couldn't believe his discovery of Brady's work, finally completed the project around three months ago.

He said: 'It took days to colourise them.

Opinion - Mathew - Brady - Photographers - Century

'In my opinion, Mathew Brady is one of the greatest photographers from the 19th century and when you look at his photographs they are phenomenal.

'Brady didn't take the images to animate them. They were a time building exercise and made...
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