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Includes: Frederick Langenheim 
Includes: William Langenheim 
Active:  US
Two brothers Frederick Langenheim (1809-1879) and William Langenheim (1807-1874) who were prolific in their production of stereocards. 
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Philadelphia, PA, US 
[4-6] *[Frederick and William Langenheim] "Photographers"; "Stereoscopic Views taken to order anywhere in the United States & Canada"; "American Stereoscopic Views", 58; started as daguerreotypists 43; were pioneers who establ. the American market for views; some pub. by William Lloyd of Philadelphia, and sold by Alexander Beckers, NY, ~55; made views both on glass & paper, of U.S. & Europe; also put imprint on imported ones. Earliest seen are of France, with CR by F. Langenheim in 54. Sold few photomechanically-reproduced views; source unknown, prob. Germany. George F. Schreiber worked for them but left and opened own studio 59-60. Wide range of U.S. topics, mainly northeastern section. Frederick was B. Germany 09, came to U.S. 40, D. 79; was the first to offer glass views, 54. William was B. Germany 07, came to U.S. 34; D. 74. William estab. The American Stereoscopic Co. 58 to distribute their views, located at 722 Chestnut St. For more info. see STEREO WORLD "The Langenheims of Philadelphia" by William Brey, Vol. 6, No. 1, and "Philadelphia Photographers 1840-1900" by William & Marie Brey. 
T.K. Treadwell & William C. Darrah (Compiled by), Wolfgang, Sell (Updated by), 11/28/2003, Photographers of the United States of America, (National Stereoscopic Association)
Credit: National Stereoscopic Association with corrections and additions by Alan Griffiths and others.
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Printed biographies

The following books are useful starting points to obtain brief biographies but they are not substitutes for the monographs on individual photographers.

• Auer, Michele & Michel 1985 Encyclopedie Internationale Des Photographes de 1839 a Nos Jours / Photographers Encylopaedia International 1839 to the present (Hermance, Editions Camera Obscura) 2 volumes [A classic reference work for biographical information on photographers.] 
• Capa, Cornell (ed.) 1984 The International Center of Photography: Encyclopedia of Photography (New York, Crown Publishers, Inc. - A Pound Press Book) p.294 
• Lenman, Robin (ed.) 2005 The Oxford Companion to the Photograph (Oxford: Oxford University Press)  [Includes a short biography on W. & F. Langenheim.] 
• Witkin, Lee D. and Barbara London 1979 The Photograph Collector’s Guide (London: Secker and Warburg) p.179 [Long out of print but an essential reference work - the good news is that a new edition is in preparation.] 

Useful printed stuff

If there is an analysis of a single photograph or a useful self portrait I will highlight it here.

• Naef, Weston 2004 Photographers of Genius at the Getty (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum) [For this photographer there is a description and three sample photographs from the Getty collection. p.52-55] 
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