Henry Fitz Jr Archive of Photographic History 2021-11-15 Auction - 15 Price Results - Hindman in OH
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The Henry Fitz Jr. archive of photographic history,H.G. Fitz 4 1/8 inch telescope and tripod. Length ofH.G. Fitz, Jr. Cassegrain Reflector. New York, 1838.
DoneNov 15, 2021 10:29 AM EST
Cincinnati, OH, United States
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Henry Fitz Jr Archive of Photographic History

Henry Fitz Jr. (1808-1863) was among the first to conduct experiments with the daguerreotype process needed to use sunlight, optics and chemistry to make a photograph. His knowledge of optics was integral to the development of the first patented American camera and the first photographic portrait studio in America. Collaborating with two other New Yorkers (Alexander S. Wolcott and John Johnson) in late 1839 and in the first few months of 1840, Fitz sat for some of the earliest successful photographic portraits ever taken. In June of 1840 he was the first to establish a photographic studio in Baltimore, Maryland. Fitz was instrumental in the development of the technology that transformed the way in which humans perceived themselves and their place within society and culture. The cache of daguerreotypes offered here – along with the existing Fitz group at the National Museum of American History – is the largest group of images produced by a single photographer from the pioneering era of photography in America (1839-1842). In this regard it is unique. While single images from this period exist, most are anonymous, undated and orphans floating in the historical ether. By contrast, the Fitz archive can be quite tightly dated to have been produced between about January 1840 and the fall of 1842. It was during these 36 months that photography in America sprang to existence and emerged as a commercial enterprise.
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