Locating Ancestors’ Photographers

Locating Ancestors’ Photographers

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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 www.eastman.org/4_educ/gehdata.html (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.

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