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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Albert Sands Southworth

Other: A.S. Southworth 
Other: Albert Southworth 
Joint: Southworth & Hawes 
Dates:  1811, 12 March - 1894, 3 March
Born:  US, VT, West Fairlee
Died:  US, MA, Charlestown
Active:  US
Early American photographic partnership working with Josiah Johnson Hawes. 
Stereographs project 
Business locations 
Boston, MA, US 
Charleston, MA, US 
*[Albert Sands Southworth] listed in Boston 41-43, 63-64 and 66-69. Most famous for fine dags. made during partnership with J.J. Hawes. B. VT, 11; teacher & druggist, took up daguerreotypy in 40 partnership with Joseph Pennell, not financial success. 43 Pennell left & was replaced with Hawes; firm still not money-maker. Southworth left business to Hawes & went to CA gold fields 49, 51 returned; left partnership permanently 62, continued to work independently as lecturer & writer, D. 94. Both men contributed heavily to improvements of hardware & techniques including stereo cameras & viewers; Hawes was better photographer, Southworth more of a theorist. Made many fine images, portraits, statuary, scenics much rarer. 
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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Albert Sands Southworth
Albert Southworth, with Nellie Coburn 
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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
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The Daguerreotypes of Albert Sands Southworth and Josiah Johnson Hawes ... 
"An Address" by Albert S. Southworth to the National Photographic Association; June, 1870. ... 
This address was delivered Cleveland, Ohio, June, 1871.
From The Philadelphia Photographer Vol. 8, No. 94, (October 1871) pp. 315-323. (This text was also reprinted in The British Journal of Photography 18 [November 1871], pp. 530-532.) 

Printed biographies

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

• Beaton, Cecil & Buckland, Gail 1975 The Magic Eye: The Genius of Photography from 1839 to the Present Day (Boston and Toronto: Little, Brown & Company) p.42 [Useful short biographies with personal asides and one or more example images.] 
• Capa, Cornell (ed.) 1984 The International Center of Photography: Encyclopedia of Photography (New York, Crown Publishers, Inc. - A Pound Press Book) p.473-474 
• Weaver, Mike (ed.) 1989 The Art of Photography 1839-1989 (New Haven and London: Yale University Press) p.466-467 [This exhibition catalogue is for the travelling exhibition that went to Houston, Canberra and London in 1989.] 
• Witkin, Lee D. and Barbara London 1979 The Photograph Collector’s Guide (London: Secker and Warburg) p.240-241 [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.89 
• Newhall, Beaumont 1982 The History of Photography - Fifth Edition (London: Secker & Warburg) [One or more photographs by Albert Sands Southworth are included in this classic history.] 
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