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HomeContents > People > Photographers > George S. Cook

Born: George Smith Cook 
Other: Cook & Lansing 
Other: G.S. Cook 
Other: Geo. S. Cook 
Other: George Cook 
Dates:  1819, 23 February - 1902, 27 November
Born:  US, CT, Stratford
Died:  US, VA, Richmond
Active:  US
The most famous of the photographers who recorded life in the American South during the American Civil War. In particular he recorded Charleston and Fort Sumter as they deteriorated through the war. His sons George LaGrange Cook and Huestis Cook were also photographers.
Cook, George S [Smith], born Feb. 23, 1819 in Stratford, CT; died Nov. 27, 1902 in Richmond, VA (interred Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond)
Columbus, GA, May 31 - Aug. 10, 1848 and July 3 - Sept. 13, 1849, and Feb. March 1850 [July-Oct. 1849 operator @ Foster & Purple's room, over their jewelry store; Feb. 5 - March 26, 1850 @ Cook & Lansing] (SEE entry below; Cook's name continued to be used in advertising, but ads were "signed" by him only though March)
LaGrange, May 24 - June 15, 1849
Macon, Sept. 20 - Dec. 30, 1848 and Jan. 1 - April 5, 1849 [1848 over Damour's Confectionary; 1849 on Mulberry St.]
Milledgeville, March 24 - May 8, 1849
Warm Springs, August 23 - 28, 1848
Note: Cook is also known to have traveled briefly to Atlanta, Augusta, Barnesville, and Savannah, but no documentation of his taking photographs in these cities has yet been found.
Cook & Lansing (George S. Cook & H. L. Lansing) Columbus, GA, Feb. - May 1850 in Rooms in Mygatt's new building, Randolph St., near Fogle & Cushman's (advertisements by early April were signed by H. L. Lansing only)
[Contributed by Lee Eltzroth, February 2013] 
Stereographs project 
Business locations 
Richmond, VA, US 
New Orleans, LA, US 
Charleston, SC, US 
[4-8] *[George Smith Cook] "Photographer & Publisher"; 913 Main St. VA views common, no stereos made in LA as far as known, SC views rare; several B/Ls, ~250 varied scy., primarily of city/rural; used both Anderson's negs and his own. Long, varied & productive career from the beginnings of photography; B. Stratford, CT, 19; came south in ~43; painter in New Orleans ~44; began dags. in 44 or 45; left New Orleans ~45, taught daguerreotypy in south; 49-~73 in Charleston, SC; 51 manager of Brady's gallery; during CW was first to photog. shell bursting in air, inside Ft. Sumter. Went to Richmond in 73, worked with D.H. Anderson in his gallery, 73 bought him out & continued to pub.; active into early 80s; D. Richmond, VA 02. 
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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