The Elephant in My Room – Saturday Stats

ATLelephant1890 from KuhnsPhotoA newspaper cut by Earnest S. Wilkinson of the elephant Nemo, renamed Clio, made from a photograph by Kuhns (W.T. and/or J.H.); Aug. 10, 1890 Atlanta Constitution

Here are the current statistics for my ongoing, and self-titled, Georgia Photographers Documentation Project. All that Hunting & Gathering for lo these many years surely adds up.

Total records = 2815, which means I’ve identified approximately 1900 – 2,000 separate photographers, their partnerships, and their associates (including photo artists, postcard publishers, photo-engravers, photo stock dealers, etc.), as well as visiting photographers and camera clubs, from 1841- ca. 1932, bulking in the period 1870-1920.

These numbers differ because I create a separate record for each city in which a photographer worked, noting the business address and dates for each. Visiting photographer Lewis W. Hine worked in thirteen different Georgia cities, and I have a record on him for each of those cities, noting the county in which the city is located.  I am able to produce lists for a particular city or area, and  I can also create lists for a Georgia county.

Of those photographers and associates, approximately 175 are Women, or women-run studios; approximately 61 are African-American, or African-American run studios.  I believe I have only documented about a dozen of any other ethnicity (Jewish American, Hispanic American, etc.).

This is a living document. It grows and changes daily.

I haven’t completely finished the input of the information I  have from the Georgia tax digest ledgers for 1889-1898.  I know another trip or two (or three) for full days at the Georgia Archives is definitely in order so that I can finish these ledgers through 1910. I look forward to that!

I encourage you to visit the Georgia Archives again if you have not done so since they came under the umbrella of the University System of Georgia this past July. There is a noticeable difference!

I will begin to completely revise my list of Columbus-area photographers as soon as I can get to it next month. I thought I would be farther along in that process by now, but “life just keeps getting in the way.” A Biographical Checklist of Columbus-Area Photographers and Associates (probably for 1841-1914), plus an Introduction to the data, will eventually be an article for the Muscogee County Genealogical Society’s Muscogiana.

My Biographical Checklist for 1862 – 1885 should be complete later this year. Here is the link on Google Drive to my Early Georgia Photographers, 1841-1861: a Biographical Checklist. I update this list as I come across additional photographers or need to make changes to information on others; the last update was in September of 2013.

Please note the information on the title page regarding the text, source, and rights.  Feel free to contact me with any questions, additions, or entries you believe are incorrect.

© E. Lee Eltzroth and Hunting & Gathering, 2014. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without  written permission from this blog’s author is prohibited. The piece can be re-blogged, and excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to E. Lee Eltzroth and Hunting & Gathering, with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.


  1. I have now read all of your blog posts since the beginning in May 2013. I am up to date and very appreciative of the work that you are doing. it is very helpful. There are so many sources online that I wished this was available years ago when I was researching the photographers of Huntington, Long Island, NY. I am now collecting examples of the work done by the Atlanta, Ga. photographers and I am glad that you have been doing this already for a few decades. I look forward to your future postings. Thanks. Fred

  2. Thanks for reading it all, I hope it’s gotten better, I think so. Yes, there are certainly many more sources now. I began seriously working on this a decade ago, after making notes whenever I could, beginning in the 1980s – all of those notes had to be re-researched because so much more was there by the 2000s. It’s a lifetime’s work; I hope others will continue it.

  3. Hi great readingg your post

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