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HomeContents > People > Photographers > James Wallace Black

Other: J.W. Black 
Joint: Black & Batchelder 
Joint: Whipple & Black 
Dates:  1825 - 1896
Born:  US
Active:  US
American photographer. 
Stereographs project 
Business locations 
Waltham, MA, US 
Boston, MA, US 
Newport, RI, US 
[5-0] *[James Wallace Black] "Photographer"; worked in area almost 50 years; issued scarce views of Boston area, scy., aqueduct under const. 76-77; genre; studio port. of the Fisk Jubilee Singers, 72-73; Boston fire, fancy residences, Newport; sometimes used blindstamp; made CDVs. In partnerships with John A. Whipple, 56-59, with Batchelder in Boston, 60-61, with Case in Boston, 65-66, John Dunmore was son-in-law; worked with him & was principal photog. 80-94; George Critcherson was also associated with him in some way at various times; sponsored them as photogs. on Wm. Bradford's expedition to Greenland, 69; issued some of images as lantern slides, exhibited at 76 Centennial Expo. Listed in Boston 53-55, 60, 62-64, & 67-01. B. 25, D. 91 (96?). Name also found 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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• Naef, Weston 1995 The J. Paul Getty Museum - Handbook of the Photographic Collection (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum) p.98-99 
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