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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Alexander Henderson

Dates:  1831 - 1913, 4 April
Born:  Scotland
Died:  Canada, QC, Montreal
Active:  Canada
Scottish-born photographer who emigrated to Canada in 1855 and took up photography soon after. Through his professional career in Montreal he was unusual in taking largely outdoor photographs. 
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Montreal, Quebec, Canada 
*[Alexander Henderson] "Portrait & Landscape Photographer", "Maker of stereoscopic views", 237 St. James St., then 10 Phillips Sq., 70s. Several hundred fine scy., city/country, excellent pictorialist; portraits; disasters, flood of 69. B. Scotland 31, to Canada 55; was wealthy; started photog. 57; 59 first North American member of the English Stereoscopic Exchange Club [amateurs]; turned professional 66/67, retired 90s, D. 13. 
T.K. Treadwell & William C. Darrah (Compiled by), Wolfgang, Sell (Updated by), 11/28/2003, Photographers of the World (Non-USA), (National Stereoscopic Association)
Credit: National Stereoscopic Association with corrections and additions by Alan Griffiths and others.
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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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Alexander Henderson (1831-1913) ... 
Photographer noted for his outdoor work in Canada, particularly Montreal in the second half of the nineteenth century. 
Photographs by Alexander Henderson (1831-1913) at Library and Archives Canada. ... 

Printed biographies

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

• Lenman, Robin (ed.) 2005 The Oxford Companion to the Photograph (Oxford: Oxford University Press)  [Includes a short biography on Alexander Henderson.] 
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