Locating Ancestors’ Photographers

By Maureen A. Taylor Premium

Q. How do I find a location of a 1900 era photography studio, if I only have the NAME of the photographer and no town listed? Is there a list somewhere?

A. You can attempt to research the photographer by using as much of the name as appeared on the image. Two excellent resources can help:

  • The International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House has an online database of photographers at (you’ll need Telnet to access the database)
  • Peter Palmquist’s Photographers: A Sourcebook for Historical Research (Carl Mautz Publishing, out of print) contains a bibliography of directories of photographers from all over the world.