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HomeContents > People > Photographers > George Barker

Other: Geo. Barker 
Dates:  1844 - 1894
Born:  Canada
Active:  Canada / US
Canadian photographer best known for the over 800 early negatives he did at Niagara Falls including some mammoth plate views. 
Stereographs project 
Business locations 
Niagara Falls, NY, US 
London, Ontario, Canada 
[5-9] *"Photographer"; 11 Main St.; "View Manufactory & Photographic Rooms", estab. 70; "Imperial Stereograph by..."; Issued several series: "Gems of Instantaneous Photography"; "American, Foreign, Genre. & Comic"; "...'s Stereoscopic Gems of American Scenery", "American Scenery-Niagara Falls"; "Disfigured Banks" series, views of Niagara Falls; major photog. & publisher; issued 600+ common views, earlier primarily fine ones of Niagara & Ontario area, on paper & glass; pirated or bought views of other areas such as FL, CA, CO during last 2 decades; series of ~20 on 89 Johnstown flood; Oil Creek Disaster, Louisville Cyclone, Columbian Expo., comedy views, some views CR by R.Y. Young; negs. purchased by U&U after his D. in 94. B. London, Ont. Can., 44; learned photog. from James Egan there, ~57; in 62 set up studio in London; moved in 63 to Niagara; worked for Babbitt there before going into business for himself ~65; said to have made first paper stereos of falls area. Awarded 11 1st prize medals over the years, U.S. & foreign. APB (1888), p. 488. 
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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