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Names:
Other: J.W. Draper 
Dates:  1811, 5 May - 1882, 4 January
Born:  Great Britain, Liverpool
Died:  US, NY, Hastings-on-the-Hudson
Active:  US
 
  
American scientific photographer who in 1839 is reputed to have made his assistant the subject of the world‘s first photo portrait. He worked with Samuel F.B. Morse and they set up a Daguerreotype studio at the University of New York. In 1842 he took the first Daguerreian photographs of solar spectra.

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John William Draper
John William Draper 
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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
 

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Hastings Historical Society 
http://hastingshistorical.org 
The Hastings Historical Society (The Historical Society of Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, 407 Broadway, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706 - 914/478-2249) has two important connections with photography. One is some of the later work of Lewis Hine who was resident in the town and the other is the collection on the Draper family. 
  
 

Printed biographies

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

 
• Auer, Michele & Michel 1985 Encyclopedie Internationale Des Photographes de 1839 a Nos Jours / Photographers Encylopaedia International 1839 to the present (Hermance, Editions Camera Obscura) 2 volumes [A classic reference work for biographical information on photographers.] 
  
• Capa, Cornell (ed.) 1984 The International Center of Photography: Encyclopedia of Photography (New York, Crown Publishers, Inc. - A Pound Press Book) p.154 
  
 
  
 
  
 
  
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