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Names:
Other: T.C. Roche 
Dates:  1826 - 1895
Active:  US
 
  
American photographer who worked for E. & H. T. Anthony the photographic supply and publishing company of New York during the American Civil War. In early April 1865 he was assigned by the firm to General Montgomery Meigs who was Quartermaster for the Union Army. 
  
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[6-9] *[Thomas C. Roche] "Publisher, Photographer and Inventor". Long & varied career; first listed in NYC 58 as "agent" (for shipping companies); by early 60s was photog. & working on emulsions and varnishes. First images attributed to him are of Central Park, Niagara, Hudson River and Catskills, 61, pub. by Anthony. He pub. series of ~82 views taken by I.I. Hayes during his 60-61 Arctic Exped., prob. using Anthony facilities. Civil war career confusing, may have worked for both Anthony and Brady for some periods; was certainly photog. for union army; took views at Petersburg near end of war. Remained free-lance worker at least to 63. After war, went with Anthony full-time, became chief photog. ~69, spent rest of career with that co. Made fine series of CA, Yosemite (71), Big Trees, UPRR & CPRR routes; late 60s/early 70s took many views of the South, including GA & FL; prob. took many more images which were issued by Anthony but not credited. 70s/80s, when Anthony discontinued making new stereos, Roche turned to lab and hardware development; made great improvements in emulsions, photomechanical reproductions, transparencies and carbon techniques; awarded medals 77-78 for carbon images. 81 received patent for bromide paper emulsions, 84 patent for a non-solar enlarger. Most patents assigned to Anthony, but royalties kept him comfortable financially; wrote handbook of photog. for Anthony 84. B. 28 Ireland, retired from co. 84, but continued as technical advisor until death 10/22/95. Expert, Toddy Munson; also SEE Marder, THE ANTHONY COMPANY 
  
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)
Credit: National Stereoscopic Association with corrections and additions by Alan Griffiths and others.
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