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HomeContents > People > Photographers > William D. Young

Official photographer for the Ugandan railways documenting the construction of the Mombasa-Kampala line. He founded the Dempster Studio in Mombasa (Kenya) in 1905.

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A Biographical Dictionary of 19th Century Photographers in South and South-East Asia

Commercial, India and East Africa
Reportedly a railway photographer in India in early 1890s: Ronald Preston recalls meeting Young while the latter was photographing the Krishna Bridge, c. 1892. According to Preston these photographs were later published in a guide to the East Indian railways.[1] Moved to East Africa in late 1890s and employed as a freelance photographer recording the constuction of the Uganda Railway, 1897-1901.[2] Studio in MacDonald Terrace, Mombasa 1899-c. 1904. Moved to Nairobi, with studio in Victoria Street, 1905-07; opened Dempster Studio, Nairobi, 1908.[3] Home address at Kyambu, where he farmed, in 1912; Manager of the Swift Press, Hardinge Street, Nairobi, c. 1919 to late 1920s. Does not appear in East African almanacs for 1930. 

  1. Λ Ronald Preston, The Genesis of Kenya Colony 
  2. Λ An comprehensive collection of these views is held by the Library of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London. 
  3. Λ A photograph of the studio can be found in Somerset Playne, East Africa

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