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HomeContents > People > Photographers > James Esson

Dates:  1854 - 1933
Active:  Canada
Stereographs project 
Business locations 
Preston, Ontario, Canada 
*"Photographer and Publisher", "Landscape Photographer"; "Dealer & Publisher in Stereoscopic Views"; "Photo. Artist"; 10 & 21 Queen St.; one of best Canadian workers; issued several series: "Hamilton and Vicinity"; "Beauties of the Earth"; "Glimpses of Toronto"; "Ottawa Views, Capitol of the Dominion"; "1,000 Islands, River St. Lawrence"; "The Scenery of the Northern Lakes of Canada"; "Picturesque Canada"; "Gems of Statuary"; "Picturesque America", "Central Park, New York", etc.; coverage mostly scy., few genre, people; 1000 fine views in some 15 series, some common, others quite rare; also made rare glass views. Took over George Esson, his father's photog. business, 74; between late 70s and early 80s traveled across Canada & U.S. taking hundreds of views; reportedly had a collection of 5000 negs.; 84 built a new studio in Preston at 105 King St.; seems to have closed down business 2/20. Listed in Preston 75-20; B. 8/10/53, D. 33. 
T.K. Treadwell & William C. Darrah (Compiled by), Wolfgang, Sell (Updated by), 11/28/2003, Photographers of the World (Non-USA), (National Stereoscopic Association)
Credit: National Stereoscopic Association with corrections and additions by Alan Griffiths and others.
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