Photographers & Photography Studios

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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.

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 1864 - 1917
Added Apr 10, 2015 by: Kayse Lawton
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A photo of Frederick G Braitsch
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Jul 2, 1922 - Jan 5, 2002 1922 - 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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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
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Elizabeth Persons, Lakeland Florida, USA. 1939
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Norman Kuegler, Athens Ohio, USA. 1938
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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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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 1903 - ?
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
Photo taken by G.S. Smallwood: A double exposure "spirit" photograph of a girl holding flowers, surrounded by "spectral" faces of four people. You may look at this and just see a double exposure. But this kind of "spirit" photo (often purposely faked, not accidental) was very popular around the turn of the 20th century. Photography was relatively new and spiritualism was very popular. This photo would have been seen as proof that the girl had three spirit guides around her, protecting her. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, G.S. Smallwood photographer
A photo of an unknown lady. Photographer is P.H. McAtee of Marshall, MO.
A photo of Fae Smith
Added Jun 10, 2015 by: Earl Harbeson
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A photo of Blanche Denicourt
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Added Jan 27, 2016 by: Richard Rabitaille
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Roy Lewis Matthews (name on Photo), Photograph taken at Wheeler Studio in Xenia, Ohio USA. This photo was among some others in a box from a local antique store in Blanchester, Clinton, Ohio, USA. Other surnames in box include: Davis, Nave, Carter, Roberts, Matthews, Jodry, Young, Lewis, Pulliam, Steele, Hauke, Oatley, Toy, Beltz.
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Added Jan 9, 2012 by: Jennifer Rudd
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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 1823 - 1860
Added Oct 19, 2017 by: Kathy Pinna
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Photo of a young boy from Henderson Kentucky. It looks as though the photographer was T.W.M. or William Buell who was located on Second Street between Main and River in Henderson Kentucky. Photo found in an antique shop in Bellingham Washington.
Added Aug 25, 2011 by: Daniel Pinna
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James P. Ball photo of two unknown boys. Taken by Ball and Sons Photography studio located on 106 Columbia Street, between first (1st) and second (2nd) avenue in Seattle Washington. James P. Ball was a well-known African American photographer who had a studio in Seattle from 1892 - 1900. He died in Hawaii in 1904. Photo found in an antique shop in Bellingham Washington.
Added Aug 25, 2011 by: Daniel Pinna
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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 1924 - 2019
Added Sep 12, 2019 by: Kathy Pinna
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Unknown mystery photo of a young girl taken by Clark and Steitler in Rockport Indiana. Photo found in an antique shop in Bellingham Washington.
Added Aug 25, 2011 by: Daniel Pinna
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A photo of Camille Flaminette - Found in the Flaminette family album. Taken by Le Marchant in Paris, France.
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A photo of Florence Beckett. Beautiful tin button photo of beautiful lady: beautiful lady dressed in finery and very pretty.
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Added Jul 8, 2013 by: Laurel Marcucci
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Portrait photo of Anna M. Kline, born 1844 in New Jersey. Married Gilbert W. Moore (1837-1875) on December 14, 1862. After his death, Anna married Mr. Harmon. Children with Gilbert Moore: Ennis, Eva, Luella, and Lydia. Anna Moore Harmon died in 1922 and is buried in Rose Hill Cemetery, Shenandoah, Page Co., Iowa. Back of photo says, "Ennis Moore's mother, Grandma Harmon....picture taken approx, 1909". Photo found in an antique store in Seattle, Washington. I am not a relative of this family.
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1844 - 1922 1844 - 1922
Added Aug 18, 2012 by: Pam Marks
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A photo of Viola Waller (McNutt)
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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 1910 - 1937
Added Aug 1, 2018 by: Kathy Pinna
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A photo of John A. Cox
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c. 1858 - c. 1940 1858 - 1940
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A photo of William and Lucina Hart in Sandwich, Illinois in 1899.
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"Mrs. L.H. Proctor" to "Mrs. Effie Ford" written in black ink on reverse. "Laura Proctor" written in silver ink on reverse. Studio mark on front appears to be "Fourth St. Studio, Charlotte, Mich."
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 1832 - 1898
Added Jan 20, 2020 by: Daniel Pinna
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