Biography: Broadway photographer Joseph Byron

Biography: Broadway photographer Joseph Byron


Joseph Byron (January 1847 – May 28, 1923) was an English photographer who founded the Byron Company in Manhattan.

He was born in England. His father, grandfather, and greatgrandfather were photographers. He received a commission from the British government to photograph the conditions in English coal mines. He emigrated to the United States in 1888 with his children, Percy Claude Byron, Florence Mabel Byron, and Georgina Byron. In 1892 he opened his commercial studio in Manhattan. Byron’s specialty was photographing Broadway shows and other stage productions. His son was the photographer Percy Claude Byron. Percy was “the premier maritime photographer of his generation”. Joseph Byron worked for the New York Times in the 1890s.

A men's art class. Instructor William Merritt Chase is pictured in the photo. Photographed by Byron

A men’s art class. Instructor William Merritt Chase is pictured in the photo. Photographed by Byron

Ted Mark's Big Sunday Concert, Grand Opera House, New York, circa 1900.

Ted Mark’s Big Sunday Concert, Grand Opera House, New York, circa 1900.

On the left, the former Hammerstein's Olympia entertainment complex, part of which became the New York Theatre (name visible). In the distance is the back of the Pabst Hotel, partly blocked by four-story buildings which share its block. The Hotel Cadillac on the northeast corner of 43rd Street is in the middle distance. circa 1900.

On the left, the former Hammerstein’s Olympia entertainment complex, part of which became the New York Theatre (name visible). In the distance is the back of the Pabst Hotel, partly blocked by four-story buildings which share its block. The Hotel Cadillac on the northeast corner of 43rd Street is in the middle distance. circa 1900.

Oscar Hammerstein (left) at Manhattan Opera House, which opened December 3, 1906

Oscar Hammerstein (left) at Manhattan Opera House, which opened December 3, 1906

Hudson Theatre, West 44th Street, New York, 1904

Hudson Theatre, West 44th Street, New York, 1904

Hudson Theatre boxes, 1904.

Hudson Theatre boxes, 1904.

Hudson Theatre auditorium, 1904.

Hudson Theatre auditorium, 1904.

A scene from the play "The High Road" by American playwright Edward Sheldon (1886-1946), in which a male character, played by Frederick Perry, speaks across a desk to a female character, played by Minnie Maddern Fiske. Photographed by Joseph Byron, 1912

A scene from the play “The High Road” by American playwright Edward Sheldon (1886-1946), in which a male character, played by Frederick Perry, speaks across a desk to a female character, played by Minnie Maddern Fiske. Photographed by Joseph Byron, 1912

Hudson Theatre box office, 1904

Hudson Theatre box office, 1904

"Uncle Tom at the whipping post", scene from Uncle Tom's Cabin, early twentieth century stage production. 1901.

“Uncle Tom at the whipping post”, scene from Uncle Tom’s Cabin, early twentieth century stage production. 1901.


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