Photographers & Photography Studios

Thanks to these photographers we have these historic moments captured in time.
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“Photography, as a powerful medium of expression and communications, offers an infinite variety of perception, interpretation and execution.” – Ansel Adams, photographer, 1902 - 1984

A photo truly does say a thousand words - in a thousand ways. See a photo of a relative who has passed and innumerable memories come to mind - Thanksgivings, Christmases, the first day of school, a loving hug . . . . all of these and more come flooding back. Even photos of people and places you've never been or seen can inspire a strong reaction - a beautiful scenic view, a tragic event, a child in need, they all change you forever. Photos are a powerful mode of communication: in one glance, they can change the way you view the world or reinforce your viewpoint.

And who does this communicating? The photographer. We see what the photographer sees, in the way that he or she sees it. Lewis Hine, a sociologist and photographer, took a series of photos in the early 1900's that led to child labor laws changing. The Library of Congress has over 5,000 of his photos in their collection. Dorothea Lange, backed by the Farm Security Administration, documented the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression. She said of one of her iconic photos - of a migrant mother and her children in 1936:
"I saw and approached the hungry and desperate mother, as if drawn by a magnet. I do not remember how I explained my presence or my camera to her, but I do remember she asked me no questions. I made five exposures, working closer and closer from the same direction. I did not ask her name or her history. She told me her age, that she was thirty-two. She said that they had been living on frozen vegetables from the surrounding fields, and birds that the children killed. She had just sold the tires from her car to buy food. There she sat in that lean-to tent with her children huddled around her, and seemed to know that my pictures might help her, and so she helped me. There was a sort of equality about it."
Over 80 years later, that photo still speaks to us.

Hine and Lange aren't the only ones, of course. Ansel Adams, an environmentalist as well as a well-known photographer, took photos that have sold for thousands of dollars and have been reproduced everywhere. His photos have inspired love for the environment. Art and fashion photographers like Richard Avedon, Guy Bourdin, Helmut Newton, and Irving Penn have influenced generations of photographers and their photos - in the form of posters - hang on many walls. And the earliest photographers - many of them in small studios around the world - have allowed us to have faithful reproductions of our ancestors, often people we didn't even know.

These are the photos from local studios and famous photographers that allow us to see the past in a new way.
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Gambier Curtis Reeks (1864-1917) was the younger brother of my great-great-grandfather, Alfred Augustus Reeks. Their family owned a photography business in England. He married Rachel Woodnutt in 1895 and had three children: Frederick (1891), Elsie (1894), and Ida (1896).
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1864 - 1917
A photo of Frederick G Braitsch
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Jul 2, 1922 - Jan 5, 2002
Howard Van Buskirk, New Jersey ca 1918: Photo of Howard Van Buskirk by the Tintype photo concession on the beach in New Jersey. Howard is in the forefront. Unknown who the other people are.
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Unknown - Unknown
Posed photo of unknown couple found in a period photo album from a relative. Photo taken circa 1880 in New York, New York.
Added Mar 20, 2013 by: David Rafferty
David Rafferty
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Elizabeth Persons, Lakeland Florida, USA. 1939
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Unknown - Unknown
Norman Kuegler, Athens Ohio, USA. 1938
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Unknown - Unknown
A photo of President Coolidge and photographers at the White House.
A photo of a photographer taking picture of couple at beach - in a goat cart!
Maud, Blanche and Grace Cheek, young spinners in the Drayton Mill, Spartanberg South Carolina. Maud worked in another mill before she went to Drayton Mill. Maud's two sisters Blanche and Grace were in the spinning room with her. Their father did not appear to be working. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, Lewis Wickes Hine photographer
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Unknown - Unknown
Edgar Kitchen, age 13, worked on a dairy farm (Bingham Brothers Dairy) 10 hrs a day, seven days a week (but half a day on Saturday), for $3.25/wk (about $81.00 in 2020) In the mornings, he drove the dairy wagon. In the afternoons, he worked on the farm. He thought he would work all year and not go back to school. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, Hine, Lewis Wickes, photographer
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1903 - Unknown
This photo was taken on "Skid Row" - Howard Street in San Francisco, California. So sad. No blankets, no newspapers, no covers . . . and we think that this is a current problem. And it's the middle of winter. (Winter in San Francisco is damp and cold) Photo Courtesy of the Library of Congress, photographer Dorothea Lange
This is a photo of The Photographer added by Jesse Dean Williams on September 5, 2020.
Nine bicycle messengers in the Oklahoma/Kansas area. J. H. Hearn, photographer.
This is a photo of William W Vandivert added by Cj Photography on June 14, 2020.
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Aug 16, 1912 - Dec 1, 1989
Added Jun 14 by: Cj Photography
Cj Photography
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Portrait of Lewis Carroll at age 23. While best known for writing Alice in Wonderland, Lewis held numerous roles including author, photographer, illustrator, poet, mathematician and teacher. While not a self-portrait by today's standards, this is considered a self portrait of himself which first appeared in the 1898 biography 'The Life and Letters of Lewis Carroll'.
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Jan 27, 1832 - Jan 14, 1898
A photo of Arthur C Bradley
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Sep 22, 1915 - Oct 19, 1992
Added Sep 20, 2019 by: Kim Sander
Kim Sander
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A photo taken by professional photographer/documentarian Robert Frank in 1955 Tennessee. This photo was included in his book "The Americans." Born in Switzerland in 1924, Robert's family (who was Jewish) lived under the threat from Nazi Germany although they were safe in Switzerland. This early stress colored his view of the world and he turned to photography to express himself. In 1947, he emigrated to New York City and began his career as a fashion photographer. He soon turned to documenting the lives of people around him and traveled extensively, photographing real people and their circumstances. In America, he thought that there was an overemphasis on money and endeavored to show the bleakness and loneliness of the people in his groundbreaking (and controversial) book "The Americans" (Many people thought the photos were too "dark" and diverged too much from the (less gritty) photography of the day.) Frank went on to become a celebrated photographer and moved on to filmmaking (including a documentary on the Rolling Stones) although he returned to photography in the 1970s. Married twice, he was predeceased by both his son and daughter. He died in Nova Scotia Canada at the age of 94.
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Nov 9, 1924 - Sep 9, 2019
Added Sep 12, 2019 by: Kathy Pinna
Kathy Pinna
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A photo of an unknown woman, probably from the Inskipp or Noakes family of Sussex. C.T. Newcombe Photographer, Hastings Sussex England
Added Apr 10, 2019 by: Jan Knighton
Jan Knighton
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A photo of an unknown lady taken in Chichester Sussex England around 1863. Photographer: Russell and Sons. 65 East Street Chichester Sussex. Patronized by The Prince of Wales. Honorable Mention International Exhibition 1862. Could belong to the Inskipp or Noakes family of Sussex.
Added Apr 10, 2019 by: Jan Knighton
Jan Knighton
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A photo of Gerda Taro, born Gerta Pohorylle.She used the name Gerda Taro for her career as a photojournalist, mainly covering the Spanish Civil War. Born in Poland in 1910 into a middle-class Jewish Galician family, she grew up in Germany. The entire family was forced to flee Germany when the Nazi party came into power. Gerta (she was 23) moved to Paris. Her parents headed to Palestine, her brothers to England, and she wouldn't see any of them again. After meeting photojournalist Endre Friedmann, becoming his assistant, and falling in love, she became a photojournalist herself. (She later refused to marry him.) They traveled to Spain in 1936 when the Spanish Civil War broke out and she became a famous photojournalist in her own right. In July 1937, while covering the war, Taro hopped onto the foot board of a car carrying wounded soldiers. A Republican tank crashed into the car and she was critically injured - dying the next day (just days before her 27th birthday). She was buried in Paris. Gerda is considered to be the first female photojournalist to cover a war and the first female photojournalist to die in a war.
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Aug 1, 1910 - 1937
Added Aug 1, 2018 by: Kathy Pinna
Kathy Pinna
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A photo of Victor Englebert
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Feb 5, 1933 - Mar 28, 2015
Added Nov 3, 2017 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
Amanda S. Stevenson
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A photo that is the first selfie (of Robert Cornelius) in 1839. He uncovered the lens cap of his camera, ran to sit, sat for one minute, then ran back to cover the lens again. So much easier with an iPhone!
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1809 - 1893
Added Oct 19, 2017 by: Kathy Pinna
Kathy Pinna
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A very early photograph of an engraving. Nicéphore Niépce invented the heliography process, which he used to create the photo. The Flemish engraving was photographed using a camera which used an exposure time of 8 hours to several days.
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Mar 7, 1765 - Jul 5, 1833
Added Oct 19, 2017 by: Kathy Pinna
Kathy Pinna
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A photo of Phineas Gage in 1850, holding the tamping iron that caused his brain injury. He was a construction foreman (in charge of blasting) on the railroad, age 27, when an accidental early explosion occurred. The explosion drove a tamping iron (large iron rod, 1.25 inches in diameter) into his head. A large part of his left frontal lobe was destroyed. After the accident, with the bar still in his head, it is reported that he sat up, talked, and walked to a wagon. Sitting in the wagon for the 3/4 mile ride into town, he was seen by a doctor. The doctor said: "When I drove up he said, "Doctor, here is business enough for you." I first noticed the wound upon the head before I alighted from my carriage, the pulsations of the brain being very distinct. The top of the head appeared somewhat like an inverted funnel, as if some wedge-shaped body had passed from below upward. Mr. Gage, during the time I was examining this wound, was relating the manner in which he was injured to the bystanders. I did not believe Mr. Gage's statement at that time, but thought he was deceived. Mr. Gage persisted in saying that the bar went through his head. Mr. G. got up and vomited; the effort of vomiting pressed out about half a teacupful of the brain [through the exit hole at the top of the skull], which fell upon the floor." The doctor removed some coagulated blood, some of the protruding brain, and some skull (bone) fragments, then bandaged his head and cheek. Gage survived but his personality and temperament were changed. Later in his life, some social skills and personal skills returned and he worked as a stagecoach driver in Chile and later as a farmworker in Santa Clara County, California. He died of an epileptic seizure (which was being treated by bleeding) in San Francisco, CA on May 21, 1860 at age 37.
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1823 - May 21, 1860
A photo of 3 months old Walden Kirsch - the first digital scan ever. The drum scanner was invented by a team at the US National Bureau of Standards, led by Russell Kirsch. Their first scan was of Kirsch's son, Walden and was scanned at 176 pixels.
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1957 - Unknown
Added Oct 19, 2017 by: Kathy Pinna
Kathy Pinna
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The first ever photo of a street scene. It is a photo of Boulevard du Temple in Paris, taken by Louis Daguerre. Most of the people and traffic were moving and so weren't not visible in this photograph, that took 8 minutes to expose. But one man - who was having his shoes shined - stood still long enough to show up in the lower left.
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Nov 18, 1787 - Jul 10, 1851
Added Oct 19, 2017 by: Kathy Pinna
Kathy Pinna
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A photo of Roger Fenton with his "photographer's van" - what a war photographer had to use for transportation to carry all of his equipment in the Crimean War. Fenton was one of the first war photographers and extensively photographed the Crimean War.
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Mar 28, 1819 - Aug 8, 1869
Added Oct 19, 2017 by: Kathy Pinna
Kathy Pinna
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This is a photo of a photographer's studio - put together without Photoshop! The photographer is taking a picture of himself.
Added Oct 19, 2017 by: Kathy Pinna
Kathy Pinna
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An 1822 photo - the first ever modern photo of a real scene- taken of the photographer's (Joseph Nicéphore Niépce) estate from one of his windows. Joseph was an inventor and an early pioneer in photography.
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Mar 7, 1765 - Jul 5, 1833
Added Oct 19, 2017 by: Kathy Pinna
Kathy Pinna
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A photo of Johannes Wilhelm Jaeger, 1832-1908. Johannes Jaeger was the Official Photographer to the Swedish Royal Family in the 1860's. He was born in Berlin, Germany, but spent much of his career in Scandinavia. He was considered one of the foremost photographers of his age. His biography is listed: https://sok.riksarkivet.se/sbl/Presentation.aspx?id=12023 https://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johannes_Jaeger#Externa_l.C3.A4nkar
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Added Sep 27, 2017 by: Tamara Talbott
Tamara Talbott
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A photo of Robert Cornelius (1809-1893) Pioneer of photography, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Christian Cornelius (1783-1852) and Sarah McGowan (1773- ). He married Harriet Comely (1810-1867) in 1832, they had eight children. He died in Frankford, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1893. Created the oldest known intentional photographic portrait of a person.
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1809 - 1893
Added Aug 19, 2017 by: Anjel Candy
Anjel Candy
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A photo of Robert Cornelius (1809-1893) Pioneer of photography, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Christian Cornelius (1783-1852) and Sarah McGowan (1773- ). He married Harriet Comely (1810-1867) in 1832, they had eight children. He died in Frankford, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1893. Created the oldest known intentional photographic portrait of a person.
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1809 - 1893
Added Aug 19, 2017 by: Anjel Candy
Anjel Candy
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Found this behind another picture in a old frame. I live in Tasmania, Australia. I have no Idea who they are, or where they came from. It looks like a photo but has a chalky consistancy. Any help would be appreciated.
Added Aug 2, 2017 by: Greg Shea
Greg Shea
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A photo of an unknown young lady - Found in a velvet album with Helm family
Added Jul 26, 2017 by: Christy Thomas
Christy Thomas
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A photo of an unknown Helm woman. Found in a velvet album with Helm relatives no markings other than photo studio
Added Jul 26, 2017 by: Christy Thomas
Christy Thomas
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This is a photo of Jackie (Bouvier) Kennedy when she was a photographer for the Washington Times-Herald. She was the "Inquiring Camera Girl". She would stop people on the street, ask a "witty question", take a picture of the person, and the question and the photo would be published in the paper.
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1929 - May 19, 1994
Added Dec 3, 2016 by: Kathy Pinna
Kathy Pinna
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A photo of Gates Orr when he was young? A daguerreotype photo found in the attic of the farmhouse that had been in the ORR family since 1878. I believe it may be a photo of my great-great grandfather, Gates ORR, 1827 - 1925. Della M. (Orr) Shafer
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Feb 10, 1827 - Dec 12, 1905
Added Nov 23, 2016 by: Della M Shafer
Della M Shafer
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A photo of Clemens Edward Knaus
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Nov 21, 1843 - Jan 8, 1914
Added Mar 19, 2016 by: Randle Conrad
Randle Conrad
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A photo of Blanche Denicourt
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Unknown - Unknown
Added Jan 27, 2016 by: Richard Rabitaille
Richard Rabitaille
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A photo of Eleanora Jane Ricker
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Added Nov 14, 2015 by: Jan Weems
Jan Weems
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A photo of Sarah "Satie" Rorick (1889-1949). This picture was taken at The Brewster Studio located at # 83 N. Main street in Gloversville, Fulton County, New York. She had wrote the following on the back; "Taken August 27, 1910 this is my latest" Sarah was the only sister of my Maternal Grandfather, Fred Rorick. They were the children of David Daniel Rorick and Josephine (Tuttle) Rorick whose photos have also been posted by me.
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1889 - 1949
A photo of Marcus Lafayette Shaffer
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Sep 1, 1863 - Mar 22, 1915
A photo of William Payne in the studio.
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Unknown - Unknown
Added Sep 14, 2015 by: Steve Payne
Steve Payne
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A photo of Jess Daniel
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Unknown - Unknown
A photo of Geraldine Mott Walker as a baby
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Unknown - Unknown
A photo of the back of a photo of N. Palmer Dunn
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Unknown - Unknown
Added Aug 11, 2015 by: Mark Smith
Mark Smith
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A photo of N. Palmer Dunn
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Unknown - Unknown
Added Aug 11, 2015 by: Mark Smith
Mark Smith
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This photo of John J. Winney, my paternal Great Grandfather, was taken by The David Scidmore Photo Studio in Gloversville, Fulton County, New York sometime previous to December 3rd, 1897 when he passed away.
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Unknown - Dec 3, 1897
Added Jul 5, 2015 by: William Fox
William Fox
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A photo of Fae Smith
Added Jun 10, 2015 by: Earl Harbeson
Earl Harbeson
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Ellenor Ann Morgan (1836-1927), my great-great-great-grandmother, was the daughter of Alfred and Jane (Kelly) Morgan. She married beneath herself, according to legend, and wedded Robert Arthur Reeks, a photographer. She had four children: Alfred Augustus (1857), Rosina Onslow (1859), Gambier Curtis (1864), and Granville Lyddington (?).
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Added Apr 10, 2015 by: Kayse Lawton
Kayse Lawton
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Robert Arthur Reeks (1834-1925) was my great-great-great-grandfather. He owned a photography business, which can be seen by the "R.A.Reeks"signature on the cardboard frame of the picture. He married Ellenor Ann Morgan in 1856 and had four children: Alfred Augustus (1857), Rosina Onslow (1859), Gambier Curtis (1864), and Granville Lyddington (?).
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Apr 15, 1834 - March 1925
Added Apr 10, 2015 by: Kayse Lawton
Kayse Lawton
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