Category Artists

They Could Do It All – the Women in Georgia Photography

  As of this date in 2020, I have documented over 260 women involved in the business of photography in Georgia, from the mid-nineteeth, to the mid-twentieth cenury. This is quite an increase from the first time I posted these numbers in 2015 (only 185), but this number does mean I’ve documented over 20 more […]

J. A. Pugh, Macon Photographer, part 3: A Steady Application to Business, 1873-1887

In June, 1873, J. A. Pugh, as he had in the past, entered his photographs in the Fine Arts competition at the Bibb County Fair, more officially called the Bibb County Agricultural Society Fair. That year he won four “Best” awards for general Photograph, Photograph in oil, Photograph in pastel, and Collection of Photographs ([Macon] Georgia […]

Happy Holidays, and Happy Hunting & Gathering!

As Santa sets off on his journey tonight, we get a peek inside his Archives! Note the photos of famous persons inscribed to him on the walls. This 1955 German illustration is by Ermich Huber. We call this Santa Archivist. It hung in my archivist father’s office every Christmas, and upon his retirement it hung in […]

J. A. Pugh, Macon Photographer, part 2: The Self-Made Man, 1865 -1872

In June 1865, the war between the states was over, and J. A. Pugh went back to work as a photographer in Macon, where he had lived since at least 1854 (see part 1 of my post on J. A. Pugh). June was the month Pugh apparently joined into a partnership with another longtime photographer, […]

J. A. Pugh, Macon Photographer, part 1: the Go-Ahead Young American, 1854-1862

Only a year after he began advertising in Macon, Georgia, that he was making daguerreotypes, a young photographer working under the name J. A. Pugh, assured his potential customers that the equipment used in his Gallery was the best to be had because he did everything on the go ahead Young America Plan. His idea […]

Irish-Born Georgia Photographers and Associates

For St. Patrick’s Day I thought I would share a short list, with very brief information on those photographers and their associates I know were born in Ireland.  I have not included any of those born in this country with Ireland-born parents, or those for whom I have not yet verified a place of birth, even […]

Madison’s M.L. Richter and Georgia’s jeweler-silversmith-watchmaker-photographers

It doesn’t seem that long ago to me, but I posted Jeweler-Photographers, Photographer-Jewelers and a Dentist or Two in September 2013. This post harkens back to that post, as well as to some of my others, and some things will seem just a bit familiar. Much more information will be new to you. On March 19, 2017, […]

Flash! Election Returns and the Stereopticon

When I was doing a great deal of research using the Atlanta newspapers on microfilm many years ago, I stumbled upon articles, the first I had ever seen, related to Atlanta citizens gathering downtown to view election results — together — on a screen. This interesting gathering was worth examining and thinking about – did other […]

A Mountain of Connections: Georgia – Tennessee Photographers, Part Two

I am reaching across that invisible Georgia – Tennessee state line again. Although there are many Georgia photographers with roots in all parts of the state of Tennessee, my two-part post, A Mountain of Connections, highlights Georgia photographers with Chattanooga-area connections. There are those photographers who worked in the nearby Dalton and Rome, Georgia areas to discuss, […]

Remember the Ladies – An Update on Georgia’s Women in Photography

It is Women’s History Month! I am always reminded of the letter dated March 31, 1776, that Abigail Adams wrote her husband John urging him to Remember the Ladies —- remember the ladies and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the husbands. […]