Photography Masters

Biography: 19th Century Colonial Samoa photographer Thomas Andrew

Biography: 19th Century Colonial Samoa photographer Thomas Andrew

Thomas Andrew (1855 – 1939) was a New Zealand photographer who lived in Samoa. Andrew took photographs that are of significant historical and cultural value including the recording on camera of key events in Samoa’s colonial era such as the Mau movement, the volcanic eruption of Mt Matavanu (1905–1911) and the funeral of writer Robert Louis Stevenson. Many of his…
Biography: 19th Century photographer Samuel Bourne

Biography: 19th Century photographer Samuel Bourne

Samuel Bourne (1834 – 1912) was a British photographer known for his prolific seven years’ work in India, from 1863 to 1870. His name is synonymous with British-Indian photography and he is the most researched and acclaimed colonial photographer. His work gave birth to a studio, Bourne & Shepherd, which still operates in Calcutta. Bourne’s photographs posses a luminescent quality…
Biography: 19th Century Architecture photographer Antonio Beato

Biography: 19th Century Architecture photographer Antonio Beato

Antonio Beato (1832 – 1906) was a British and Italian photographer. He is noted for his genre works, portraits, views of the architecture and landscapes of Egypt and the other locations in the Mediterranean region. He was the younger brother of photographer Felice Beato (1832 – 1909), with whom he sometimes worked. Because of the existence of a number of…
Biography: 19th Century photographer James Bragge

Biography: 19th Century photographer James Bragge

James Bragge (1833-1908) was a well known and respected photographer in New Zealand during the mid-to-late 19th century. Born in England, he moved to New Zealand when he was in his thirties. He opened a photography studio and also took photographs on travels around the country. The product of these serve as a record of the development of the country…
Biography: 19th Century photographer Benjamin Brecknell Turner

Biography: 19th Century photographer Benjamin Brecknell Turner

Benjamin Brecknell Turner (1815 -1894) was one of Britain’s first photographers and a founding-member of the Photographic Society of London which was formed in 1853. His images were based on the traditionally ‘picturesque’ styles and subjects of the generation of watercolour painters before him. Turner was highly productive and visible in the 1850s. His photographic campaigns took him to many…
Biography: 19th Century photographers Burton Brothers

Biography: 19th Century photographers Burton Brothers

Burton Brothers (1866–1914) was one of New Zealand’s most important nineteenth-century photographic studios and was based in Dunedin, New Zealand. It was founded by Walter John Burton (1836–1880) in 1866 as the Grand Photographic Saloon and Gallery and was situated in Princes Street, Dunedin. Burton was a member of a prominent family of printers, bookbinders and photographers based in Derby,…
Biography: 19th Century Architecture photographer Philip Henry Delamotte

Biography: 19th Century Architecture photographer Philip Henry Delamotte

Philip Henry Delamotte (1821 – 1889)was a British photographer and illustrator, best known for his photographic images of The Crystal Palace in London. Delamotte was commissioned to record the dis-assembly of the Crystal Palace in 1852, and its reconstruction and expansion at Sydenham in London, a project finished in 1854. His photographic record of the events is one of the…
Biography: Portrait photographer Alvin Langdon Coburn

Biography: Portrait photographer Alvin Langdon Coburn

Alvin Langdon Coburn (1882 – 1966) was an early 20th-century photographer who became a key figure in the development of American pictorialism. He was greatly influenced by his mother, a keen amateur photographer, and began taking photographs at the age of eight. He travelled to England in 1899 with his mother and his cousin, F. Holland Day. Coburn developed substantial…
Biography: 19th Century photographer Esteban Gonnet

Biography: 19th Century photographer Esteban Gonnet

Esteban Gonnet (1829 – 1868) was a French photographer who emigrated to Argentina, where he focused his work as a photographer. Gonnet became a photographer after arriving in Buenos Aires in 1857. He was a surveyor, working with his cousin Hippolyte Gaillard, also a surveyor. Gonnet’s work reflected the rural lifetime and customs, showing the life and customs of aboriginal…
Biography: Civil War photographer Alexander Gardner

Biography: Civil War photographer Alexander Gardner

Alexander Gardner (1821 – 1882) was a Scottish photographer who immigrated to the United States in 1856, where he began to work full-time in that profession. He is best known for his photographs of the American Civil War, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, and the execution of the conspirators to Lincoln’s assassination. In 1850, he and his brother James travelled to…
Biography: 19th Century photographer Thereza Dillwyn Llewelyn

Biography: 19th Century photographer Thereza Dillwyn Llewelyn

Thereza Dillwyn Llewelyn (1834 – February 1926) was a Welsh astronomer and pioneer in scientific photography. Due to Llewelyn’s interest in astronomy, her father constructed an equatorial observatory at Penllergare Valley Woods for her sixteenth birthday. Llewelyn collaborated with her father in a number of astrophotographic experiments, including the production of some of the earliest photographs of the moon in…
Biography: 19th Century photographer Charles Clifford

Biography: 19th Century photographer Charles Clifford

Charles Clifford (1820 – 1863) was a Welsh photographer based mainly in Spain. Clifford, known mostly for his daguerreotype, calotype and wet plate collodion images of scenes from around Spain, he was, together with the French photographer, Jean Laurent, one of the leading photographers of his day in Spain. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert are known to have purchased some…
Biography: 19th Century Javanese photographer Kassian Cephas

Biography: 19th Century Javanese photographer Kassian Cephas

Kassian Cephas (1845 – 1912) was a Javanese photographer of the court of the Yogyakarta Sultanate. He was the first indigenous person from Indonesia to become a professional photographer and was trained at the request of Sultan Hamengkubuwana VI (r. 1855–1877). After becoming a court photographer in as early 1871, he began working on portrait photography for members of the…
Biography: 19th Century Berlin photographer Leopold Ahrendts

Biography: 19th Century Berlin photographer Leopold Ahrendts

Leopold Ahrendts (1825 – 1870) was a photographer in Berlin. He worked as a painter and lithographer. By the mid 1850’s, Leopold Ahrendts had already achieved a prominent reputation as an urban and architectural photographer. His work was well received by the Prussian court, as well as in the Berlin art world and the public sphere. Art magazines praised his…
Biography: 19th-century Landscape photographer Carleton E. Watkins

Biography: 19th-century Landscape photographer Carleton E. Watkins

Carleton E. Watkins (1829 – 1916) was a noted 19th-century California photographer. Carleton E. Watkins was born in New York in 1829, and moved to San Francisco around the beginning of the Gold Rush in 1851/2. From the age of twenty-five he was taken on as an apprentice in a portrait studio. He became interested in landscape photography and experimented…
Biography: pioneer Mexican photojournalist Augustín Víctor Casasola

Biography: pioneer Mexican photojournalist Augustín Víctor Casasola

Agustín Víctor Casasola (1874–1928) was a Mexican photographer and partial founder of the Mexican Association of Press Photographers. Born in Mexico City, Casasola apprenticed as a typesetter and later became a reporter for El Imparicial, which was one of the official newspapers of the Díaz government. With innovations and improvements in photography and printing presses at the end of the…
Biography: Architecture photographer Édouard Baldus

Biography: Architecture photographer Édouard Baldus

Édouard-Denis Baldus (1813 – 1889) was a French landscape, architectural and railway photographer. Twenty-five-year-old Édouard Baldus arrived in Paris to study painting in 1838, shortly before Louis Daguerre first showed his magically precise photographic images to the world. In Paris, the self-taught Baldus worked outside the École des Beaux-Arts and atelier system, but submitted work to each of the annual…
Biography: pioneer Istanbul photographer Pascal Sebah

Biography: pioneer Istanbul photographer Pascal Sebah

Pascal Sébah (1823–1886) was an pioneer photographer who worked in Istanbul. In 1857, at the age of 34, he opened a photographic studio at 10 Tom Tom Sokaği, the street where the Austrian Post Office was situated and which was the continuation of the Rue de Postes. He called his studio ‘El Chark Societé Photographic’. The main street of Péra…
Biography: American West photographer Edward S. Curtis

Biography: American West photographer Edward S. Curtis

Edward Sheriff Curtis (1868 – 1952) was an American photographer and ethnologist whose work focused on the American West and on Native American people. Edward was born in Wisconsin to parents Ellen and Johnson Curtis. His sister, Eva, was born in 1870 and his brother, Asahel, in 1874. Edward also had an older brother, Ray, born in 1861. After Asahel’s…