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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Alonzo Bunker

Names:
Other: A. Bunker 
Other: Rev. A. Bunker 
Other: Rev. Alonzo Bunker 
Active:  US / Burma
 
  
 
  
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Boston, MA, US 
Rangoon, Burma 
 
  
[7] *"Taken by..."; Said to have apprenticed in a Boston studio, poss. that of John Soule, but this not verified. Was "called" to be a missionary & went to Burmah; while there took a series "Stereoscopic Views of People & Scenes of Burmah", 41 views, on both RMs & CMs; these were pub. in Boston in 74 for the benefit of the Woman's Baptist Missionary Society. Later took another series of ~60 views which were pub. In 77. Some views show missionary activities, but most are well-done, sensitive records of the country & people. Because of their quality and the scarcity of other views of the area, they sold well not only to church people but to the general public & are not uncommon; some on orange RMs.
*Bunker apprenticed in a Boston studio, but was "called" to be a missionary to Burma. While there he took a series of 41 views, and on his return to Boston these were pub. in 74 for the benefit of the Woman's Baptist Missionary Society; took another series of 60 views which were pub. three years later. Some show missionary activities, but most are well-done, sensitive records of the country & people. Because of their quality and the scarcity of other views of the area, they sold well not only to church people but to the general public. Said to have been trained by John Soule of Boston, but this not verified.
 
(Alan Griffiths, 3 March 2020) In Treadwell referred to Rev. Archibald Bunker the forename is an error and it should be Rev. Alonzo Bunker who took stereoviews in Burma. 
  
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) 
  
T.K. Treadwell & William C. Darrah (Compiled by), Wolfgang, Sell (Updated by), 11/28/2003, Photographers of the World (Non-USA), (National Stereoscopic Association)
Credit: National Stereoscopic Association with corrections and additions by Alan Griffiths and others.
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John Falconer, British Library 
A Biographical Dictionary of 19th Century Photographers in South and South-East Asia

 
Amateur, Burma
An American missionary to the Karens for about 30 years, Bunker made a series of stereo views of Burma which were published by the Women's Baptist Missionary Society, Boston between 1872-6.
 
Author: Soo Thah; a tale of the making of the Karen nation (New York, 1902); Sketches from the Karen hills (New York, 1910). 
  
 
  

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