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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Henry Sill

Dates:  1902, 20 June - 1989, June
Born:  US, OH, Cleveland
Died:  US, AZ, Tempe

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Approved biography for Henry Sill
(Courtesy of Christian Peterson)

From the 1930s to 1960s, Sill was an industrial and architectural photographer in Cleveland, where he was associated with Parade Studio and the Lowrey-Sill Studio. Subsequently, he worked at the Knapp Engraving Company, in Leonia, New Jersey.
Henry Sill was born in Cleveland on June 20, 1902. During the late 1920s, his pictorial photographs hung in salons in Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, and New Westminster, British Columbia, and he received awards in Spain and Hungary. He was a member of the Cleveland Photographic Society and had his work accepted seven times in the Cleveland Museum of Artís regional juried shows between 1926 and 1937. His images were reproduced in Applied Photography and Business Week, and in 1928 the English annual Photograms of the Year included an image by him of Clevelandís Terminal Tower, where he was based for a time. The American Annual of Photography 1932 reproduced a still life of glass objects by Lowrey-Sill.
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts print Lifeís Cycle by Sill is unusual in two respects. First, it is circular, rather than rectangular, like the vast majority of photographs. While pictorialists occasionally made arch-topped images, they very rarely reduced them to circles. Second, the partially nude figure is a man; when it came to depicting nudes, pictorialists almost always preferred the female form. Perhaps Sill himself is the model. A print of this image won third prize in a monthly competition sponsored by American Photography, which reproduced it in its January 1927 issue. Henry Sill died in June 1989, in Tempe, Arizona. 
Christian A. Peterson Pictorial Photography at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (Christian A. Peterson: Privately printed, 2012) 
This biography is courtesy and copyright of Christian Peterson and is included here with permission. 
Date last updated: 1 June 2013. 
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