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HomeContents > People > Photographers > John K. Hillers

Born: John Karl Hillers 
Other: Jack K. Hillers 
Dates:  1843 - 1925
Born:  Germany
Active:  US
Photographed John Wesley Powell‘s second expedition down the Colorado River, he also photographed Native Americans and the Grand Canyon. 
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[7-0] *"Photographer"; photog. with the Powell Survey in 71-75, thereafter continued photog. the Grand Canyon region until 78; "Topographical Geological Survey of the Colorado River of West", "Views on the Aquarius Plateau", "Views on Water Pocket Creek", etc., etc. Utah, Grand Canyon, Hopi Mesas, Indians, landscapes, waterfalls, cliffs, plants, pools, rivers, boats, groups. Pub. by Powell & Thompson, Interior Department, few by Jarvis of Washington. B. Germany 43; emigrated to the U.S. 52; worked with Major Powell much of his photog. career in government service; D. 25. SEE John K. Hillers, Photographed All the Best Scenery, ed. Don D. Fowler, University of Utah Press, 1972. 
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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Unidentified photographer/creator
John Karl Hillers, probably in the 1890's when he was chief photographer at the USGS, during Powell's term of office 
1890s (ca)
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Internet biographies

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Getty Research, Los Angeles, USA has an ULAN (Union List of Artists Names Online) entry for this photographer. This is useful for checking names and they frequently provide a brief biography. Go to website

Printed biographies

The following books are useful starting points to obtain brief biographies but they are not substitutes for the monographs on individual photographers.

• Lenman, Robin (ed.) 2005 The Oxford Companion to the Photograph (Oxford: Oxford University Press)  [Includes a short biography on John K. Hillers.] 
• Witkin, Lee D. and Barbara London 1979 The Photograph Collector’s Guide (London: Secker and Warburg) p.162-163 [Long out of print but an essential reference work - the good news is that a new edition is in preparation.] 

Useful printed stuff

If there is an analysis of a single photograph or a useful self portrait I will highlight it here.

• Newhall, Beaumont 1982 The History of Photography - Fifth Edition (London: Secker & Warburg) [One or more photographs by John K. Hillers are included in this classic history.] 


Photographic collections are a useful means of examining large numbers of photographs by a single photographer on-line. 

In the 1990 survey of 535 American photographic collections John K. Hillers was represented in 51 of the collections. Source: Andrew H. Eskind & Greg Drake (eds.) 1990 Index to American Photographic Collections [Second Enlarged Edition] (Boston, Massachusetts: G.K. Hall & Co.) 
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