International Directory of Photo Historians

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NameLocationResearch InterestsComments
Current ProjectsWebsitesContact
Alexander, StuartBrooklyn, NY20th-Century photography, 1920s-1960s.
Eugène Atget, Brassaï, Elliott Erwitt, Robert Frank, André Kertész, Josef Koudelka, Louis Stettner, Todd Webb, Garry Winogrand.
    Stuart Alexander
    Allen, WilliamJonesboro Arkansas, USAOttoman photography, contemporary photography in Istanbul. Vernacular photography. Criticism
    Writing critical reviews of Istanbul photographers
    William Allen
    Allison, Jeffrey Richmond, VirginiaHistory 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
    Jeffrey Allison
    Anderson, DavidBuffalo, NYAnsco Automatic Reflex, Kodak Reflex and Signet 80.
    A brief guide to the Ansco Automatic Reflex camera.
    David Anderson
    Belden-Adams, Dr. Kris Oxford, MS, USAphotography and time, narrative
    vernacular photography
    composite photography
    RA/FSA photography
    Photography and failure (book project)
    composite photography before Photoshop

    Dr. Kris Belden-Adams
    Boone, IzaakWesterlookade 1, 2271GA Voorburg, The NetherlandsHistory of (stereo)photography, Explorer Alexine Tinne
    History of (stereo)photography

    Explorer Alexine Tinne
      Izaak Boone
      Borges de Araújo, NunoBraga, Portugal19th century photography in Portugal, particularly in the Entre-Douro-e-Minho region (Braga, Porto, Viana do Castelo districts)
      Nuno Borges de Araújo
      Brines, EarlLodi, 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
        Earl Brines
        Broad, PepperPennsylvaniaHistory 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.
          Pepper Broad
          Buck, DanielWashington, DCSouth American photography & postcards, especially Bolivia & Argentina.

          Old West photography, especially outlaws
          Daniel Buck
          Bullough, RachelMadridCharles Clifford.
          A view of Spain in the mid- nineteenth century through the eyes and lens of a British photographer.
            Rachel Bullough
            Cavanna, PierangeloTurin, Italycataloguing 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
            Pierangelo Cavanna
            Davis, KeithTombstone, ArizonaHistoric 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
            Keith Davis
            Eason, JamesBancroft Library, University of California, BerkeleyEarly 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.
            James Eason
            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 globallyPublications 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, AlanHalifax, NS, CanadaThe 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.
            Alan Griffiths
            Guiffre, DonnaDC Metro Area19th 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.
            Donna Guiffre
            Haberstich, DavidWashington, D.C.Photography in Dada, Surrealism, Futurism. African American photographers.
            The Scurlock Studio: photographs in context
              David Haberstich
              Hamber, Dr. Anthonyphotographically 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, PatMonterey, CaliforniaEarly Monterey Bay area and California Photographers
                Pat Hathaway
                Haynes, DavidSan Antonio, Texas, USATexas photography and photographers, primarily 19th century
                  David Haynes
                  Hudgins, Nicole Baltimore, MD, USAEarly women photographers and amateurs, gender, First World War, and teaching the history of photographyI 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.
                    Nicole Hudgins
                    Leiderman, JimmyMiami, Florida. USA19th 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.
                      Jimmy Leiderman
                      MAGALHAES, MANUELPORTO, PORTUGAL.19th century photography; in WORLD, PORTUGAL (particularly in PORTO, PORTUGAL) and BRASIL.
                      MANUEL MAGALHAES
                      Magid, MartinDetroit, Michigan, USAGeneral, with a lean toward the technical.
                      The Whole Photography Chart No. 1
                        Martin Magid
                        Marquis-Kyle, PeterBrisbane, 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
                        Peter Marquis-Kyle
                        Masson, SheilaEdinburgh, Scotland, UKBritish tintypes
                        Writing a book on the history of the British tintype.
                          British Tintypes
                        Sheila Masson
                        Mautz, CarlNevada City, California19th century western photographers
                        Publishing my compilation - 2017 Revised and Expanded _Biographies of Western Photographers_
                          Carl Mautz
                          Mellby, JuliePrinceton, NJ
                          My current project is a history of Edward Wilson and The Philadelphia Photographer
                          Julie Mellby
                          Morris, Andrew JCerro de Ortega, Colima, MexicoDating and identifying old photographs. Historic 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, CaroleNew York City, ParisMy 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
                          Carole Naggar
                          Nore, MichaelAnacortes WAearly Alaska photographs, Yukon Territory Canada photographs,and Northern BC Canada photographs.
                            Michael Nore
                            Pérez Gallardo, Dr. HelenaMadrid, SpainPhotography and Architecture; XIXth century Photography; Landscape and Photography; Calotype; Albumen; Photographic Patents; Spain XIXth century Photography; Heritage and Photography; Jean Laurent; Charles CliffordRecent 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, MaríliaMafra, PortugalScientific photography
                              Photographic processes
                              Marília Peres
                              Peterson, Anne E.Dallas, TexasHistory of photography related to Mexico, U.S. West, Civil War, India, Italy, Spain, early forms of photography, and stereographs.
                              Anne E. Peterson
                              Pinheiro, NunoLisbon, PortugalPortuguese 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.
                                Nuno Pinheiro
                                Polito, RonBoston, Massachusetts19th century commercial photography, especially Massachusetts.
                                  Ron Polito
                                  Rall, TomArlington, VAPersonal 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.
                                  Tom Rall
                                  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.
                                  Hugh Rayner
                                  Resende, NunoPorto, PortugalHistory of Photography (in general), photo albuns, vernacular photography, Portugal landscape, family portraits.
                                  Photography of artistic objects
                                  Nuno Resende
                                  Roberts, Pamela GlassonBath, Somerset/Romsey, Hampshire - UKAlvin 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 GlassonBath, Somerset/Romsey, Hampshire - UKAlvin Langdon Coburn
                                    Helen Messinger Murdoch
                                    Early colour photography
                                    Platinum prints
                                    As above
                                      Pamela Glasson Roberts
                                      Rosenthal, Richard T.Philadelphia19th 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, JeremyArizona/ New York CityEarly 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
                                      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
                                      Jeremy Rowe
                                      Safier, MarcelBrisbane, Queensland, AustraliaAustralian 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)
                                      Marcel Safier
                                      Saretzky, GaryNew Jersey19th 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
                                      Gary Saretzky
                                      Schaaf, Prof Larry JBodleian 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.
                                        William Henry Fox Talbot Catalogue Raisonné The Correspondence of William Henry Fox Talbot
                                      Prof Larry J Schaaf
                                      Seferović, AbdulahZadar, CroatiaZadar´s photographia
                                      Abdulah Seferović
                                      Shanebrook, Robert Rochester, NYSilver halide technology.

                                      Robert Shanebrook
                                      Sharma, Rahul New Delhi, IndiaEarly Photography in the Indian Subcontinent, Technical Reconstruction, Photo Conservation
                                      Recreating and Rephotographing Alexander Greenlaw's Photographs of Temples in South India
                                        Rahul Sharma
                                        Spira, JonathanNew York City, N.Y. United StatesPre-history of photography, persistence of vision, 3-D, early photographic processes, technology, electronic (non-digital) still-video cameras, digital cameras, Spiratone
                                        Jonathan Spira
                                        Sullivan, RichardSanta Fe, NM, 87507How 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.)
                                        Richard Sullivan
                                        Turner, RossOakland, California, United States of AmericaGiorgio 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.
                                          Ross Turner
                                          Watson, RogerLacock, EnglandThe 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.
                                            Roger Watson
                                            Weynants, ThomasGentpre-cinema - optical toys - early vintage photography - nitrate film - early film - early television - conjuring arts - spiritism - cabaret & vaudeville - street performersEarly 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.

                                            James Wilson
                                            Thomas Weynants
                                            Wood, DavidMilford, Pennsylvania, USAResearch 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.
                                              David Wood
                                              Wood, RichardJuneau, Alaska, USAResearch & 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.
                                              Richard Wood