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HomeContents > People > Photographers > William Henry Jackson

Other: W.H. Jackson 
Other: William H. Jackson 
Dates:  1843, 4 April - 1942, 30 June
Born:  US, NY, Keesville
Died:  US, NY, New York
Active:  US
Jackson worked with the railway companies and survey groups moving out into the American West. His landscape photographs are some of the most important ever made and helped define the ‘West‘.

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General reading 
Clee, P., 2003, Photography and the making of the West, (Connecticut) [Δ
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 
Hales, Peter B., 1988, William Henry Jackson and the Transformation of the American Landscape, (Philadelphia: Temple University Press) [Δ
Harrell, Thomas H., 1995, William Henry Jackson: An Annotated Bibliography {1862 to 1995}, (Carl Mautz Pub) isbn-10: 1887694021 isbn-13: 978-1887694025 [Δ
Jackson, Clarence S., 1947, Picture Maker of the Old West: William Henry Jackson, (New York: Charles Scribners & Sons) [Δ
Jackson, William Henry, 1900 (ca), The Caņons of Colorado, from Photographs, (Denver: Frank S. Thayer) [16 halftone images.] [Δ
Jackson, William Henry, 1986, Time Exposure: The Autobiography of William Henry Jackson, (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press) [Introduction by Ferenc M. Szasz] [Δ
Jackson, William Henry & Blair, Bob (ed.), 2005, William Henry Jackson's "The Pioneer Photographer", (Museum of New Mexico Press) isbn-10: 0890134359 isbn-13: 978-0890134351 [Δ
Jackson, William Henry & Holmes, William M., 1981, Mesa Verde and the Four Corners: Hayden Survey, 1874-1876, (Bear Creek Publishing Co.) [Δ
Jones, William C., 1992, William Henry Jackson's Colorado, (Colorado Railroad Museum) isbn-10: 0918654475 isbn-13: 978-0918654472 [Δ
Lawlor, Laurie, 1999, Window on the West: The Frontier Photography of William Henry Jackson, (Holiday House) isbn-10: 0823413802 isbn-13: 978-0823413805 [Δ
Waitley, Douglas, 1999, William Henry Jackson: Framing the Frontier, (Mountain Press) isbn-10: 0878423818 isbn-13: 978-0878423811 [Δ
If you feel this list is missing a significant book or article please let me know - Alan -
William Henry Jackson
A noon meal in Ferdinand V. Hayden's camp of the U.& Geological Survey. Red Buttes, Wyo. Terr. [Hayden sits at far end of table in dark jacket; W. H. Jackson stands at far right.] 
1870, 24 August
Family history 
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Visual indexes

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ThumbnailWilliam Henry Jackson: Packing & Sinching The Load (ca. 1870)
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ThumbnailWilliam Henry Jackson: Photographing in High Places
ThumbnailWilliam Henry Jackson: Portraits of American Indians
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ThumbnailWilliam Henry Jackson: The Devil's Slide, Cinnabar Mountain
All photographs by this photographer 

Internet biographies

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Wikipedia has a biography of this photographer.Show on this siteGo to website
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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The Cleveland Museum of Art, USA has a biography on this photographer. [Scroll down the page on this website as the biography may not be immediately visible.]Show on this siteGo to website
The International Photographers Hall of Fame has provided a biography.Show on this siteGo to website

Internet resources

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William Henry Jackson, Henry Gannett Album ... 
William Henry Jackson, Selected Stereo Views ... 
William Henry Jackson - Stereograph catalog ... 
Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum ( 

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.] 
• Beaton, Cecil & Buckland, Gail 1975 The Magic Eye: The Genius of Photography from 1839 to the Present Day (Boston and Toronto: Little, Brown & Company) p.69 [Useful short biographies with personal asides and one or more example images.] 
• Capa, Cornell (ed.) 1984 The International Center of Photography: Encyclopedia of Photography (New York, Crown Publishers, Inc. - A Pound Press Book) p.270-271 
• Lenman, Robin (ed.) 2005 The Oxford Companion to the Photograph (Oxford: Oxford University Press)  [Includes a short biography on William Henry Jackson.] 
• Weaver, Mike (ed.) 1989 The Art of Photography 1839-1989 (New Haven and London: Yale University Press) p.458-459 [This exhibition catalogue is for the travelling exhibition that went to Houston, Canberra and London in 1989.] 
• Witkin, Lee D. and Barbara London 1979 The Photograph Collector’s Guide (London: Secker and Warburg) p.168 [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.

• Naef, Weston 1995 The J. Paul Getty Museum - Handbook of the Photographic Collection (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum) p.97 
• Newhall, Beaumont 1982 The History of Photography - Fifth Edition (London: Secker & Warburg) [One or more photographs by William Henry Jackson are included in this classic history.] 
• Szarkowski, John 1973 Looking at Photographs: 100 Pictures from the Collection of The Museum of Modern Art (New York: The Museum of Modern Art) p.32 [Analyzes a single photograph by William Henry Jackson.] 


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 William Henry Jackson was represented in 109 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.) 
Library of Congress, Washington, USA 
Approximate number of records: 3126 
Note: A single record may contain more than one photograph.
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