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HomeContents > People > Photographers > C.L. Weed

Born: Charles Leander Weed 
Dates:  1824 - 1903
Born:  US, NY
Active:  US
American landscape photographer - he took the first known photographs of Yosemite in 1859.
With his brothers (J.A. and F.M. Weed) he was in Honolulu for nine months in 1865 and made carte de visites and mammoth plates. He left for Hong Kong (Dec 9, 1865) and sold his negatives to Henry Chase.
[Hawaii material contributed by Bruce T. Erickson] 
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Business locations 
Sacramento, CA, US 
Yosemite, CA, US 
San Francisco, CA, US 
[5-7] *[Charles Leander Weed] "Photographer" B. 24; moved from NY to Sacramento and started as dag. operator, 54; partner in R.H. Vance's Gallery, Sacramento, 58; worked for Lawrence & Houseworth, 64; active Sacramento, Yosemite and San Francisco 54-70; D. 03. Issued wide range of images, many pub. by other firms: "Sacramento During the Flood of 1862", ~30 views pub. by Lawrence & Houseworth; first to make stereos of Yosemite, 59, pub. by Anthony, 60; ~78 made other views of CA; did important views of S.F., 59-60; took views of HI, Japan, Singapore, etc. pub. by Houseworth. 
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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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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