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Other: Adolphe Henry Stoiber 
Other: Adolphus Henry Stoiber 
Dates:  1853, 24 September - 1916, 9 March
Born:  US, NY, New York City
Died:  Switzerland, Lausanne

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Approved biography for A.H. Stoiber
(Courtesy of Christian Peterson)

Adolphus (or Adolphe) Henry Stoiber was born on September 24, 1853, in New York, where he later became a trial lawyer. He may have attended the College of the City of New York, as he read a paper before its Phi Beta Kappa in 1881, titled The Establishment of an International Tribunal, published by Lahmaier the same year.
Stoiber joined the Camera Club of New York in 1896, shortly after it was formed, and began participating regularly in the club’s annual exhibitions two years later. In 1897, his work won an award in an Eastman Kodak exhibition that was hung at New York’s National Academy of Design. He began to travel abroad, resided in Paris by 1899, and, over the next few years, exhibited carbon prints of images from France, Italy, and Algiers. Salon juries accepted his photographs in Philadelphia in 1901 and London in 1901 and 1902.
Alfred Stieglitz thought highly enough of Stoiber’s work to include some of it in the small selection he made for the 1902 Exposizione Internazionale d’Arte Decorative Moderna, in Turin, Italy. Stoiber was also one of the few photographers to have an actual silver print appear in Camera Notes (in December 1903, its last issue). This was his twilight boating scene A Quiet Port, which Stieglitz had also reproduced in the same journal five years earlier as a small halftone.
Otherwise, Stoiber’s pictures appeared sporadically for the rest of the decade. In 1901, they were reproduced in American Amateur Photographer and Photo Era, and in 1902 in the Photographic Times. They were exhibited in Budapest and Nice in 1903, in the Louisiana Purchase Exposition (St. Louis) in 1904, the traveling First American Photographic Salon in 1904-05, and the Paris salons in 1905 and 1906. In 1908, they were included in the Internationale Tentoonstelling van Foto-Kunst Salon, at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. Stoiber’s last known exhibition was his two-person show with Ferdinand Gebhardt, at the Camera Club of New York in November 1910, in which he hung about ten large snow scenes. At the time of this exhibition, Stoiber was still living in Paris, but he died in Lausanne, Switzerland, on March 9, 1916. 
Christian A. Peterson Pictorial Photography at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (Christian A. Peterson: Privately printed, 2012) 
This biography is courtesy and copyright of Christian Peterson and is included here with permission. 
Date last updated: 1 June 2013. 
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