International Directory of Photo Historians
This directory provides information on the current research interests, websites, and means of contacting historians of photography from around the world. Before contacting any of these people, remember that many are busy professionals with no obligation to reply to your message; be courteous and reasonable in your requests for information. This is an international listing, remember that many of those listed do not speak English as their primary language. This is not the place to ask general questions or learn about the history of photography -- open discussions on such topics should be directed to the appropriate discusion group, such as PhotoHistory for the history of photography; PhotoID for dating and identifying photographic subjects and photographers; GenPhoto for photographs used in genealogy, or Cartes-de-Visite for that type of photograph.
This directory was inspired by, and is a continuation of PhotoHistorians founded by William Allen in 1986.
|Alexander, Stuart||Brooklyn, NY||20th-Century photography, 1920s-1960s.
Eugène Atget, Brassaï, Elliott Erwitt, Robert Frank, André Kertész, Josef Koudelka, Louis Stettner, Todd Webb, Garry Winogrand.
|Allen, William||Jonesboro Arkansas, USA||Ottoman photography, contemporary photography in Istanbul. Vernacular photography. Criticism|
|Writing critical reviews of Istanbul photographers|
|Allison, Jeffrey||Richmond, Virginia||History of Photography focusing on 19th-20th century. Includes Stereographs, 19th century landscapes and portraits, and processes with a focus on Nadar, the Civil War, Westward Expansion, and Edweard Muybridge. Twentieth Century focus on F64 group, FSA, Horace Bristol, and a particular focus on William Eggleston and photography in the American South||Jeffrey W. Allison is the Paul Mellon Collection Educator and Manager, Statewide Programs and Exhibitions at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and a professional photographer. He holds a BA in photography and film from Virginia Intermont College and an MFA in photography from VCU. He has curated numerous exhibitions including Through Different Eyes: The Faces of Poverty in Virginia, Unbroken Circle: Unto the Generations, Egypt Through the Drawing Room: 19th Century Stereographs of Egypt, and , Faces at the Races: Equine Culture in Virginia; as well as the Paul Mellon Arts in Education exhibitions, They Call it Stormy Weather: How Artists View the Weather and the Seasons, and A Horse of Course! Equine Images in Art at VMFA, which are traveling to locations throughout the Commonwealth. He currently teaches Advanced Photography and the History of Photography at the VMFA and has taught for over thirty years at institutions including Virginia Intermont College, Virginia Commonwealth University, East Tennessee State University, the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, and Virginia Highlands Community College.
Jeffrey was consultant on the Discovery Channel series Ancient Origins of Native Americans and the New York Times Magazine article, Horace Bristol and the Grapes of Wrath. Awards include the 2010 John Kent Shumate Advocate of the Year. Jeffrey’s own photographic works are in numerous collections including Capital One. Recent lectures include, The World of George Catlin at the Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus Georgia and An American Silence: Walker Evans and Edward Hopper at the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival, Wintergreen, Virginia and Faithfulness to Nature: Paintings by Edward Troye at the National Sporting Library and Museum, Middleburg, Virginia. Jeffrey has Acted as technical consultant for numerous museums, art centers, and festivals, including The Chrysler Museum, Hollins University, and William King Museum of Art.
He currently serves on the board of the Virginia Poverty Law Center and the Virginia Association of Museums Governing Council.
Virginia 360: Photographs by Thomas Shiff
The Faces of Poverty in Virginia
Let Us Now Praise Famous Men: Walker Evans and James Agee
An Album of a Century: Photographer Jacques Henri Lartigue
An American Silence: Walker Evans and Edward Hopper
The Art of Social Change: A History of Documentary Photography in connection with the VMFA exhibition, Gordon Parks: Back to Fort Scott
|Anderson, David||Buffalo, NY||Ansco Automatic Reflex, Kodak Reflex and Signet 80.|
|A brief guide to the Ansco Automatic Reflex camera.|
|Belden-Adams, Dr. Kris||Oxford, MS, USA||photography and time, narrative
|Photography and failure (book project)
composite photography before Photoshop
Dr. Kris Belden-Adams
|Boone, Izaak||Westerlookade 1, 2271GA Voorburg, The Netherlands||History of (stereo)photography, Explorer Alexine Tinne|
|History of (stereo)photography
Explorer Alexine Tinne
|Borges de Araújo, Nuno||Braga, Portugal||19th century photography in Portugal, particularly in the Entre-Douro-e-Minho region (Braga, Porto, Viana do Castelo districts)|
Nuno Borges de Araújo
|Brines, Earl||Lodi, California, U.S.A.||Photographic studios: Putnam Commercial Photographers, Putnam & Valentine, and Putnam Studios: All of Los Angeles, California
Photographers: John R. Putnam, Arion Putnam, Ralph S. Putnam, and Carlton O. Valentine
|Broad, Pepper||Pennsylvania||History of tintype and ferrotype photography. Special interest in ferrotype and street cameras.|
|1 Listing tintype photographers by their back stamps.
2 Ferrotype photographers and their studios.
3 Tintype and ferrotype photographers as seen in postcards.
|Buck, Daniel||Washington, DC||South American photography & postcards, especially Bolivia & Argentina.
Old West photography, especially outlaws
|Bullough, Rachel||Madrid||Charles Clifford.|
|A view of Spain in the mid- nineteenth century through the eyes and lens of a British photographer.|
|Cavanna, Pierangelo||Turin, Italy||cataloguing and conservation of historical photographic collections and archives|
history of architectural and art photography
Italian photography and photographers 1839 - 1945
|historiography of Italian photography 1839-1945|
The Italian state and the documentation of the historical and artistic heritage after 1861
|Davis, Keith||Tombstone, Arizona||Historic images of Arizona - specifically southern Arizona
Also researching Studio/Arcade cowboy costumed photos from the early 20th century (researching for a picture book).
|Currently researching early 20th century studio and arcade photos of people dressed as cowboys that was a popular "Fad" in the 1910s|
|Eason, James||Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley||Early photography, photography in California and the American West, visual materials archives.|
|Photographs of the Northwest Boundary Survey of the 40th parallel, from the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific, by the British Royal Engineers, circa 1860-1862.|
|Eltzroth, E. Lee||Georgia, U.S.A.||Photographers and their associates working in or visitors to Georgia, 1840 - 1910; interested also in same to mid-20th century; Photographers working in the South; relation of these photographers to photo-history of the USA and globally||Publications include:
"George S. Cook, Itinerant Daguerreotypist in Georgia, 1848-1850" in The Daguerreian Annual 2014, p. 70-83
"Georgia Photographers: The First Generation, 1840-1860" in Georgia Historical Quarterly; Spring 2008, Vol. 92 Issue 1, p. 37-64
|Hunting & Gathering is the name of my active blog. I concentrate on Georgia photographers and their associates, and give related information - I include book and website reviews, research tips, series [Researching Photographers Working in the South], etc.
My Biographical Checklist of Early Georgia Photographers, 1841-1861 is ongoing and is updated as necessary
E. Lee Eltzroth
|Griffiths, Alan||Halifax, NS, Canada||The creation of freely accessible databases and online resources on all aspects of photo-history. Interested in collaborative projects on metadata and the sharing of datasets.||Always interested in working collaboratively with photo-historians, curators, private collectors, institutions and related organisations that wish to publicize parts of their collections or a specific exhibition. A great many people on this list will have already joined in. - Thanks to you all.|
|The Luminous-Lint project has been running for over four years and has put over 450 photographic exhibitions online. These provide thematic studies that are being used for the larger projects examining the history of photography.|
|Guiffre, Donna||DC Metro Area||19th Century Photographers (world-wide but most of our collection is from USA)
Lost Family Photos that we find and post on our site
|We want this to be a collaborative project with our registered members sharing their photos and adding photographer information. Every registered member can add information by creating a comment on each page and can attach photos. They can also add new pages (one photographer per page). Our main research is in genealogy but found that if we can help to place a date on our old family photos - this information could be very useful. Its also fun and a few people have found relatives on our site. Membership is free!|
|Creating an online database of 19th Century Photographers that will identify as much of the following as we can gather:
name, address of one or more locations and time period at each location, samples of their photographs, biographic info along with any other information we can find.
|Haberstich, David||Washington, D.C.||Photography in Dada, Surrealism, Futurism. African American photographers.|
|The Scurlock Studio: photographs in context|
|Hamber, Dr. Anthony||photographically illustrated publications 1839-1880; photography and the 1851 Great Exhibition; photography or art and architecture 1839-1880; Early photography in Salisbury (UK), 1839-1880, William Blackmore|
|photographically illustrated publications 1839-1880; photography and the 1851 Great Exhibition; photography or art and architecture 1839-1880;|
Dr. Anthony Hamber
|Hathaway, Pat||Monterey, California||Early Monterey Bay area and California Photographers|
|Haynes, David||San Antonio, Texas, USA||Texas photography and photographers, primarily 19th century|
|Hudgins, Nicole||Baltimore, MD, USA||Early women photographers and amateurs, gender, First World War, and teaching the history of photography||I teach history, the history of art, and photography at the University of Baltimore (UB). I welcome requests for collaborative publication projects or conference panel participation. Enthusiastic non-academic audiences are just as important to me as the academic audience.|
|My 2014 book with St. Andrews University is open-access, here:
Currently researching the gender of early photography for a new book. By gender I mean where we might locate "masculinity" and "femininity" in Victorian photography.
|Leiderman, Jimmy||Miami, Florida. USA||19th Century Baseball Photography Historian and Collector. Interested in 1860s & 1870s Baseball and Cricket CDVs, Tintypes, Ambrotypes, Stereoviews and Cabinets depicting single player, team images and baseball action views.|
|Working on a 19th Century Baseball CDV and Stereoviews checklist. Early baseball team ID projects.|
|MAGALHAES, MANUEL||PORTO, PORTUGAL.||19th century photography; in WORLD, PORTUGAL (particularly in PORTO, PORTUGAL) and BRASIL.|
|Magid, Martin||Detroit, Michigan, USA||General, with a lean toward the technical.|
|The Whole Photography Chart No. 1|
|Marquis-Kyle, Peter||Brisbane, Australia|
|Carte-de-visite photographers in Queensland, Australia
Daniel Marquis (1829-1879), a Scottish photographer who emigrated to Brisbane c1865 where he practised until his death
|Masson, Sheila||Edinburgh, Scotland, UK||British tintypes|
|Writing a book on the history of the British tintype.|
|Mautz, Carl||Nevada City, California||19th century western photographers|
|Publishing my compilation - 2017 Revised and Expanded _Biographies of Western Photographers_|
|Mellby, Julie||Princeton, NJ|
|My current project is a history of Edward Wilson and The Philadelphia Photographer|
|Morris, Andrew J||Cerro de Ortega, Colima, Mexico||Dating and identifying old photographs. Historic photographers.||ClassyArts.com has a massive database of historic photographers, as well as extensive information of value in dating and identifying old photographs, and a growing collection of public domain photographs.|
|Identifying and Dating American Photographs
19th Century Cleveland Ohio Photographers
Pennsylvania Photographers from the US Tax Records 1862-66
Andrew J Morris
|Naggar, Carole||New York City, Paris||My field of interests are photography history 1930s to 1970s, photojournalism, European photography and women studies. I have published biographies of George Rodger, Werner Bischof and David Seymour 'Chim' and am a series editor for theMagnum Legacy series.|
|Editing illustrated biography of Inge Morath,
Translating Henri Cartier-Bresson's book of interviews form french to English
|Nore, Michael||Anacortes WA||early Alaska photographs, Yukon Territory Canada photographs,and Northern BC Canada photographs.|
|Pérez Gallardo, Dr. Helena||Madrid, Spain||Photography and Architecture; XIXth century Photography; Landscape and Photography; Calotype; Albumen; Photographic Patents; Spain XIXth century Photography; Heritage and Photography; Jean Laurent; Charles Clifford||Recent Books:
(Co-Editora) Mirar la arquitectura: Fotografía monumental en el siglo XIX, Madrid, Biblioteca Nacional de España, 2015. ISBN. 978-84-92462-42-1
Fotografía y arquitectura en el siglo XIX. Historia y representación monumental, Madrid, Cátedra, 2015. ISBN. 978-84-376-3424-1
Diccionario de Historia de la fotografía (co-autora), Madrid, Cátedra, 2009. ISBN.978-84-376-2574-4.
|Co-Director of the Research Group at the Complutense University (Madrid) "Figuration, representation and images of the Architecture. from XVI to XXI century"|
Dr. Helena Pérez Gallardo
|Peres, Marília||Mafra, Portugal||Scientific photography
|Peterson, Anne E.||Dallas, Texas||History of photography related to Mexico, U.S. West, Civil War, India, Italy, Spain, early forms of photography, and stereographs.|
Anne E. Peterson
|Pinheiro, Nuno||Lisbon, Portugal||Portuguese Photography; Industrial Photography; Ethnography and photography; Carte de Visite; Photography and emigration; Late 19th Century and early 20th Century Photography; Photography Theory and History.|
|Photography and emigration; Photography, Ethnology and national constrution.|
|Polito, Ron||Boston, Massachusetts||19th century commercial photography, especially Massachusetts.|
|Rall, Tom||Arlington, VA||Personal interest in photographic Lantern Slides, broader interest in antique photography as manager of annual show in Washington, DC.|
|Working on culling extensive collection for donation to DC based institutions and for resell.|
|Rayner, Hugh||Bath, England.||The History of Photography in India & South Asia.|
|Researching: Samuel Bourne, and the history of Bourne & Shepherd studios; John Saché, Fred Bremner, Randolph B. Holmes (Holmes of Peshawar),
I am currently compiling, for eventual publication, an index of all photographers, professional and amateur, who were active in India, from 1840 to 1947.
|Resende, Nuno||Porto, Portugal||History of Photography (in general), photo albuns, vernacular photography, Portugal landscape, family portraits.|
|Photography of artistic objects|
|Roberts, Pamela Glasson||Bath, Somerset/Romsey, Hampshire - UK||Alvin Langdon Coburn. Helen Messinger Murdoch. Roger Fenton. Early colour photography. Lesser know Pictorial photographers. The history of the Royal Photographic Society. Madame Yevonde.|
|As above. Always researching.|
Pamela Glasson Roberts
|Roberts, Pamela Glasson||Bath, Somerset/Romsey, Hampshire - UK||Alvin Langdon Coburn
Helen Messinger Murdoch
Early colour photography
Pamela Glasson Roberts
|Rosenthal, Richard T.||Philadelphia||19th and 20th Century Photography by name and unknown photographers. Vernacular photography. Early paper processes. Hard Images. Early color images. Photographic Ephemera.|
Richard T. Rosenthal
|Rowe, Jeremy||Arizona/ New York City||Early photographic activity in New York City
History of photography in the Southwest, particularly related to Arizona,
Early photographic history up to ca 1870's
Early photographic business practices and activities
|Current president of Daguerreian Society soliciting interest in publications in the Daguerreian Society Annual and Quarterly http://daguerrre.org|
|Georeferenced mapping of physical locations of studios, residences and suppliers to explore patterns and relationships. Current focus New York City and Brooklyn up to ca 1880
Early Daguerreian manufacturing and business development focusing on Scovill at this point.
Checklists of early Southewstern photographers, and stereographs
|Safier, Marcel||Brisbane, Queensland, Australia||Australian and New Zealand photographic history; Databasing of Australian, British, Irish and South African photographers. The history of the carte de visite and cabinet photo formats.||I am also a major collector of 19th and early 20th century photographs and photographica.|
|Australian Photographers 1842-1945 (with Sandy Barrie)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia photographers 1850-1950 (with Sandy Barrie)
Photographers of Great Britain 1840-1940 (collaborator on database of Ron Cosens)
Photographers of South Africa (with Carol Hardijzer)
|Saretzky, Gary||New Jersey||19th century New Jersey photographers; Elias Goldensky; Dunshee family of photographers; Edwin and Louise Rosskam; Tom Maloney; photography books; Margaret Bourke-White; et al.||I regularly lecture and write articles on history of photography topics, and occasionally curate photography exhibitions.|
|Directory of 19th century New Jersey Photographers|
|Schaaf, Prof Larry J||Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford (UK) & Baltimore, Maryland (USA)||The period and circle of William Henry Fox Talbot. The 'pre-history' of photography, especially Joseph Nicéphore Niépce, Thomas Wedgwood and Elizabeth Fulhame. Early photographically illustrated books, especially the work of Anna Atkins. The end of the 19th century with the advance of photojournalism and pictorialism.|
|The Talbot Correspondence Project has now been online for fifteen years and is continually updated. The companion Catalogue Raisonné is under development and has roots that go back four decades; it encompasses about 25,000 original negatives and prints and will start going online later in 2016. In the meantime, there is a weekly blog that outlines the progress of the Catalogue Raisonné and explores various facets of photography in Talbot's day.|
Prof Larry J Schaaf
|Seferović, Abdulah||Zadar, Croatia||Zadar´s photographia|
|Shanebrook, Robert||Rochester, NY||Silver halide technology.|
|Sharma, Rahul||New Delhi, India||Early Photography in the Indian Subcontinent, Technical Reconstruction, Photo Conservation|
|Recreating and Rephotographing Alexander Greenlaw's Photographs of Temples in South India|
|Spira, Jonathan||New York City, N.Y. United States||Pre-history of photography, persistence of vision, 3-D, early photographic processes, technology, electronic (non-digital) still-video cameras, digital cameras, Spiratone|
|Sullivan, Richard||Santa Fe, NM, 87507||How historic process and technology influences and often limits image choices made by photographers.||Will gladly link to the form when the site is up. The B+S site currently being redesigned.
Would like to work with this organization.
|Building a regex index searchable integrated database of major early works of photography and its journals. (Way beyond way Google does.)|
|Turner, Ross||Oakland, California, United States of America||Giorgio Sommer (1834-1914) German-born Italian photographer based in Naples, Italy. Active 1857 to 1890.||Seeking any information useful to my research including access to Sommer's original studio catalog(s)|
|Compiling a definitive catalog of all Sommer photographs. Catalog will include 14,000+ digital images of Sommer's commercial work from 1857-1890 (large format, carte de visite, and stereograph) with all known variants.|
|Watson, Roger||Lacock, England||The birth of photography in France and England.||Author of Capturing the Light, a comparative biography of Talbot and Daguerre and their paths to discovering photography.|
|Researching the individuals and processes that predate photography to find the elements that brought it into being. Both science and social processes, discoverers and societal changes that made image making both possible and desirable.|
|Weynants, Thomas||Gent||pre-cinema - optical toys - early vintage photography - nitrate film - early film - early television - conjuring arts - spiritism - cabaret & vaudeville - street performers||Early visual media: a history of visual media is an unconventional website dealing with early visual media and pre-cinema, from the perspective of its Belgian creator, Thomas Weynants. Much of the site is concerned with the history of optical illusion and special effects prior to the twentieth century, but does also include the history of television. The site's author describes it as a contemporary raree-show. It consists of various galleries of weird and wonderful inventions and images, mostly from Western Europe. The seven main sections, all of which are well illustrated, cover photography, pre-cinema, early film, television, fairground art, conjuring arts and the death dance. The photography section looks at stereoscopic images, diableries, ghost images, stereoviewers, and fairground and vaudeville entertainments. The pre-cinema section looks at many of the technologies used to create optical illusions before the advent of modern film. These include various phantasmagoria devices, optical toys, the Phenakistiscope, the Choreutoscope, and anamorphoses techniques. There is a tendency throughout the displays to emphasise the weird, the erotic, and the macabre. The website also features a links section, and pages alerting users to forthcoming publications, lectures and gallery exhibitions. The site is both fascinating and a little disorientating (which is presumably intended). It should prove of interest both to the general public and to students approaching the lesser-known facets of European visual culture and technology.
|Wood, David||Milford, Pennsylvania, USA||Research and collect Pennsylvania photographers who made stereoviews, especially L. Hensel who first worked in Port Jervis, New York, in 1875 and then moved to Hawley, Pennsylvania.|
|Wood, Richard||Juneau, Alaska, USA||Research & collect early Alaska photographers & stereographers, particularly H. H. Brodeck; George Davison; Alphonse Pinart; Moise Lorenz (aka Moses or Mike Lorenz); Muybridge; Partridge; deGroff; Winter & Brown; A. L. Broadbent; T. W. Ingersoll, Continent Stereoscopic, Stephen Allen Spencer; Richard Maynard. Also collect & research cartes de visite of people who were in (or associated with) Alaska. Also research, collect, and give shows of Alaska and Yukon magic lantern slides, and coming attraction slides for early Alaska and Yukon films. Also avidly research and collect related ephemera.|
|Working on a book about photographer H.H. Brodeck.
Researching G.S. Moler sectional magic lantern slide cabinets.