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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Joshua Crissman

Dates:  1833, 29 July - 1920, 26 May
Born:  US, OH, Madison
Died:  US, CA, Los Angeles
Active:  US
Over a four year period he took large plates and stereo views of Yellowstone and he also accompanied the 1872 Heyden survey. His work is little known and determining which prints are his rather than those of William Henry Jackson can be difficult. The complexity is added to by the fact that other photographers and publishers are known to have sold copies of his prints.
Joshua Crissman: Yellowstone's forgotten photographer
Montana: The Magazine of Western History, Summer 1999 by Jackson, Steven B 
Stereographs project 
Business locations 
Ogden, UT, US 
Bozeman, MT, US 
[7-8] "Photographed by..."; "Views in the Yellowstone National Park", yellow CMs; rare [4] CMs, B/L, #s to 100 (but only 80 actually listed) park views; nearly identical sister neg. to one of his views found in the series on the park pub. by W.I. Marshall, Fitchburg, MA [Marshall #5 = Crissman #61]; took all of Marshall's series, sold him the negs. Cades noted that Lovejoy & Foster view #324 is "same view" as Marshall #84, and other L&J views look similar to Crissman/Marshall images; his B/L is identical to one pub. by C.D. Kirkland of Cheyenne, WY., who only claimed he "published" the views. Said to have been in UT, but no views from there seen. Was chief photog. for Barlow/Heap expedition (army engs.), summer of 71, which coincided with Hayden exped.; also knew Jackson prior to that time in Utah; made his darkroom avail. to Jackson in UT; Jackson loaned him a camera in Yellowstone in 71. 
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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