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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Charles Waldack

Other: Chas. Waldack 
Dates:  1828 - 1882
Born:  Belgium
Photographer active in Cinncinati, Ohio. In 1866 he used magnesium to make the first underground photographs in America at Mammoth Cave, Kentucky. These were published as a set of 42 stereocards by E. & H.T. Anthony of New York. He also photographed Proctor's Cave and those stereoviews are far rarer. 
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Cincinnati, OH, US 
[6-7] *"Photographer"; "Industrial & Landscape Photographer"; "By..."; "Photographic Chemist"; Imp. photog., wide ranging, esp. noted for cave views; many B/Ls, 300+ views of region, some under his name, many pub. by J.H. Hoover and attributed to him. "Cincinnati and its Suburbs", bldgs., groups, monuments, bridges, river, ships, etc., some on CMs; "Magnesium Views in Mammoth Cave", B/L, 48, fine coverage; glass views of the Cueva del Drach on Majorca. Was a Belgium immigrant; first in US to take cave photos by artificial light (Alfred Bros. had taken artificial light cave photos in England in 65); hired by Proctor and O'Shaughnessy who CR views & sold them under their own label, later sold with Waldack's and Anthony Co. label. Mrs. Charles Waldack was photographer also. Imprint also seen as "& Co.". 
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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