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HomeContents > People > Photographers > A.J. Russell

Born: Andrew Joseph Russell 
Other: Andrew J. Russell 
Dates:  1830 - 1902
Born:  US, NH
Died:  US, NY, New York City
Active:  US
Stereoscopic photographer, backlists on stereoviews. Active: New York, N.Y.
American photographer active during the Civil War and later worked in conjunction with the railroad companies. 
Stereographs project 
Business locations 
Omaha, NE, US 
New York City, NY, US 
(Alan Griffiths, 4 June 2022) The series titles on the fronts and backs can be different and that can lead to confusion.
The different series in his "Union Pacific R.R. Stereoscopic Views. Across the Continent West from Omaha." series include:
No. 1. Omaha
No. 2. Platte Series
No. 3. Black Hills Series.
No. 4. Dale Creek & Laramie
No. 5. Bitter Creek Series.
No. 5. Bitter Creek Series. Continued
No. 6. Bridger Series.
No. 7. Uintah Series.
No. 8. Echo Kanyon
No. 8. Echo Kanyon Series Continued.
No. 9. Echo City Series.
No. 9. Echo City Series. Continued.
No. 10. Weber Kanyon Series.
No. 10. Devil's Gate Series.
No. 10. Devil's Gate Series. Continued.
No. 12. Utah
No. 12. Utah Series Continued.
No. 13. Salt Lake Valley Series.
No. 13. Salt Lake Valley Series Continued.
No. 14. California Series.
No. 15. Groups & Indians Series.

[6-8] *[Andrew Jackson Russell] Produced Civil War views as official photog. for the Union army; afterwards made several fine & large western series: "Union Pacific R.R.", construction, workers, landscapes; "West from Omaha", scy, activities; "Stereoscopic Views of Rocky Mountain Scenery", workers, mountains, mining; ceremonies of the C.P. & U.P R.R. meeting; many B/Ls, many pub. by O.C. Smith, Brooklyn, NY; views extensively pirated in 70s. B. 30, D. 02. 
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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Capt. Andrew J. Russell, stands atop the steps. Photographer and mentor, Egbert G. Fowx, leans against the pillar 
Family history 
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Internet biographies

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Wikipedia has a biography of this photographer. Go to website
Getty Research, Los Angeles, USA has an ULAN (Union List of Artists Names Online) entry for this photographer. This is useful for checking names and they frequently provide a brief biography. Go to website

Internet resources

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Andrew J. Russell Collection ... 
Oakland Museum of California. 
A.J. Russell - Stereograph catalog ... 
Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum ( 

Printed biographies

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

• Witkin, Lee D. and Barbara London 1979 The Photograph Collector’s Guide (London: Secker and Warburg) p.226-227 [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 1995 The J. Paul Getty Museum - Handbook of the Photographic Collection (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum) p.84, 100 
• Newhall, Beaumont 1982 The History of Photography - Fifth Edition (London: Secker & Warburg) [One or more photographs by A.J. Russell are included in this classic history.] 
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