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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Edward L. Wilson

Other: E.L. Wilson 
Other: Edward Livingston Wilson 
Other: Edward Livingstone Wilson 
Joint: Bannerman & Wilson 
Joint: Wilson & Adams 
Joint: Wilson, Hood & Co. 
Dates:  1838 - 1903
Born:  US
Editor of the ‘Philadelphia Photographer‘. Visited the Near East in 1880 and 1882. On the second trip he was accompanied by William H. Rau and approximately 650 stereo cards were published following their return to the US. 
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Philadelphia, PA, US 
[6-8] *[Edward Livingston Wilson; also in partnerships with Bannerman in Philadelphia, 60s-70s, F.G. Adams in Philadelphia, 70s] "Publisher"; was superintendent and treasurer for the Centennial Photog. Co.; he and Adams signed a one year agreement with the Zoological Society of Philadelphia for "The exclusive right to take photographic views, and make and sell photographic pictures, stereoscopes, graphoscopes, guide books...". Also issued "Scenes in the Orient", outstanding series on CMs, CR 82; 81-82 traveled with Rau who took negs.; Palestine, Eygpt, Syria, etc.; B. 38, NJ, D. 03, NJ. Worked for F. Gutekunst early 60s as bookkeeper and cashier and it was there he realized he wanted to be a photog.; pub. Philadelphia Photographer, influential trade journal in 64; began pub. of a year-book of practical photog. called "Photographic Mosaics", 66; also pub. other books, etc. SEE "Philadelphia Photographers 1840-1900" by William & Marie Brey. 
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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The following books are useful starting points to obtain brief biographies but they are not substitutes for the monographs on individual photographers.

• Perez, Nissan N. 1988 Focus East: Early Photography in the Near East 1839-1885 (New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.) p.232-233 [Short biography on Edward L. Wilson possibly with example plates.] 
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