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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Samuel F.B. Morse

Born: Samuel Finley Breese Morse 
Other: Samuel Morse 
Dates:  1791, 27 April - 1872, 2 April
Born:  US, MA, Charlestown
Active:  US
American inventor and painter. He met Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre in Paris on 7th March 1839 and publicized the daguerreotype in the United States.

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Readings on, or by, individual photographers 
Morse, S.F.B., 1839, 31 May, ‘Extract from a private letter of Professor S. F. B. Morse to the editor of the New York Observer dated, Paris, March 9th. [1839]‘, The Farmers' Register, vol. 7, no. 5, p. 258 [Republished in The Farmers' Register] [Δ
Silverman, Kenneth, 2004, Lightning Man: The Accursed Life Of Samuel F.B. Morse, (Da Capo Press) isbn-10: 0306813947 isbn-13: 978-0306813948 [Δ
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[Samuel F. B. Morse, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing right]. 
1845 (ca)
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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
Grove Art Online ( has a biography of this artist. 
[NOTE: This is a subscription service and you will need to pay an annual fee to access the content.]
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"Our Picture" featuring a short biographical letter by S.F.B. Morse. ... 
This text is excepted from an article in the January 1872 issue of The Philadelphia Photographer (Vol. IX, No. 97, pp 1-4.) The article appears opposite the title page portrait of Samuel F. B. Morse. 

Printed biographies

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

• Capa, Cornell (ed.) 1984 The International Center of Photography: Encyclopedia of Photography (New York, Crown Publishers, Inc. - A Pound Press Book) p.339 
• Lenman, Robin (ed.) 2005 The Oxford Companion to the Photograph (Oxford: Oxford University Press)  [Includes a short biography on Samuel F.B. Morse.] 


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