|21 October 1868||Carleton E. Watkins photographs the destruction of the San Francisco earthquake that ruptured the Hayward fault at 7:53 AM local time.|
Karoly Escher (1890, 21 October - 1966, 16 February) was born - Hungary, Szekszard. Hungarian photojournalist particularly active in the 1920s and early 1930s. There was a retrospective of his work at the Hungarian National Gallery in 1965.
Colonel Boyce Edward Gowan (1839, 21 October - 1892, 3 March) was born - India, Meerut.
Alfred Nobel (1833, 21 October - 1897, 10 December) was born - Sweden, Stockholm. Experimented with taking aerial photographs using a rocket and filed a patent in 1896 for "An improved mode of obtaining photographic maps". He died in December 1896 and it was on 26 April 1897 that engineers at his research laboratory at Karlskoga More...
Alexander Bassano (1829, 10 May - 1913, 21 October) died. British portrait photographer. He opened his first studio on Regent Street in London in 1850 and in 1876 moved to 25 Old Bond Street where the firm continued until 1921. Perhaps his most memorable portrait was the one of Lord Kitchener that was More...
Edmund Kesting (1892, 27 July - 1970, 21 October) died - Germany, Birkenwerder (nr. Berlin). German avant-garde artist, photographer and teacher whose work was considered degenerate by the Nazis.
Andrew James Scott (1817, 18 August - 1884, 21 October) died - St Leonards.
Volker Seding (1943, 2 January - 2007, 21 October) died - Canada. German-born photographer who studied drawing, painting and cinematography in Hannover before immigrating to Canada in 1966. He worked making documentary films before turning to photography.
Athol Shmith (1914, 19 August - 1990, 21 October) died. Melbourne-based portrait photographer. Although lesser known than Yousuf Karsh, the two photographers bear comparison and there was an exhibition ‘The Good, The Great & The Gifted: Camera Portraits by Yousuf Karsh and Athol Shmith‘ More...