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HomeContents > People > Photographers > C.R. Savage

Born: Charles Roscoe Savage 
Other: Charles R. Savage 
Joint: Savage & Ottinger 
Dates:  1832 - 1909
Born:  England, Southampton
Died:  US, UT, Salt Lake City
Active:  US
English-born photographer who emigrated to the USA in the winter of 1855-1856. He became a prominent photographer of the American west, being the first to photograph the landscape of what would later become Zion National Park. He photographed in Utah with George Ottinger and took one of the seminal photographs of the American West when he recorded the driving of the Golden Spike at Promontory Summit on May 10, 1869. 
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Salt Lake City, UT, US 
*[Charles R. Savage; also in partnership with Ottinger in Salt Lake City, 67-70s] "Illustrated by..."; "Photo."; "Photographer and Publisher"; "Pioneer Art Gallery". Outstanding, durable area worker who made 300+ fine & important views of scy., activities. Issued several series: "Views of the Great West, from the Missouri River to the Pacific Ocean"; "Arizona Illustrated"; "Union Pacific Railroad"; "Utah Series"; "Photographic Scenes in Utah, Arizona, Montana, Idaho & Wyoming Territories"; "Groups of Indians & Portraits of the Representative Men of Utah"; "Central Pacific Railroad"; made views of the ceremonies, 69 in which the Central Pacific & Union Pacific lines were joined; Indians, construction, laborers, etc.; views of Grand Canyon, Hopi Mesas, Yuma (negs. by E.O. Beaman). Also made SI formats. B. England 32; emigrated to NY, 57; started photog. business in Council Bluffs, IA, then travelled with the Mormons to Salt Lake City, 61 where he est. a studio; worked initially for Marsena Cannon; listed in Salt Lake City, 65-00; D. 09. 
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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Charles R. Savage - 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.230-231 [Long out of print but an essential reference work - the good news is that a new edition is in preparation.] 
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