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HomeContents > People > Photographers > John K. Hillers

Born: John Karl Hillers 
Other: Jack K. Hillers 
Dates:  1843 - 1925
Born:  Germany
Active:  US
Photographed John Wesley Powell‘s second expedition down the Colorado River, he also photographed native Americans and the Grand Canyon.

Preparing biographies

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General reading 
Mautz, Carl, 1997, Biographies of Western Photographers. A Reference Guide to Photographers Working in the 19th Century American West, (Nevada City: Carl Mautz Publishing) [Δ
Readings on, or by, individual photographers 
Darrah, William Culp, 1949, ‘Beaman, Fennemore, Hillers, Dellenbaugh, Johnson, and Hattan‘, Utah Historical Quarterly, vol. 17, no. 1-4, p. 491503 [Δ
Fowler, Don D., 1972, Photographed All the Best Scenery': Jack Hillers' Diary of the Powell Expeditions, 18711875, (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press) [Δ
Fowler, Don D., 1989, The Western Photographs of John K. Hillers: 'Myself in the Water', (Washington D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press) isbn-10: 0874744415 [Δ
Fowler, Don D., 2012, Cleaving an Unknown World: The Powell Expeditions and the Scientific Exploration of the Colorado Plateau, (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press) isbn-13: 978-1607811466 [Updated publication containing Hillers' diary and photography] [Δ
If you feel this list is missing a significant book or article please let me know - Alan -
Unidentified photographer/creator
John Karl Hillers, probably in the 1890's when he was chief photographer at the USGS, during Powell's term of office 
1890s (ca)
Family history 
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Visual indexes

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All photographs by this photographer 

Internet biographies

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Getty Research, Los Angeles, USA has an ULAN (Union List of Artists Names Online) entry for this photographer. This is useful for checking names and they frequently provide a brief biography. Go to website

Printed biographies

The following books are useful starting points to obtain brief biographies but they are not substitutes for the monographs on individual photographers.

• Lenman, Robin (ed.) 2005 The Oxford Companion to the Photograph (Oxford: Oxford University Press)  [Includes a short biography on John K. Hillers.] 
• Witkin, Lee D. and Barbara London 1979 The Photograph Collector’s Guide (London: Secker and Warburg) p.162-163 [Long out of print but an essential reference work - the good news is that a new edition is in preparation.] 

Useful printed stuff

If there is an analysis of a single photograph or a useful self portrait I will highlight it here.

• Newhall, Beaumont 1982 The History of Photography - Fifth Edition (London: Secker & Warburg) [One or more photographs by John K. Hillers are included in this classic history.] 


Photographic collections are a useful means of examining large numbers of photographs by a single photographer on-line. 

In the 1990 survey of 535 American photographic collections John K. Hillers was represented in 51 of the collections. Source: Andrew H. Eskind & Greg Drake (eds.) 1990 Index to American Photographic Collections [Second Enlarged Edition] (Boston, Massachusetts: G.K. Hall & Co.) 
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