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Abraham Bogardus (1822–1908)

American daguerreotypist and photographer who made some 200,000 daguerreotypes during his career.Created by: PICRYL - Public Domain Media Search EngineDated: 1822
Unidentified boy - Public domain portrait print
Abraham Bogardus was born on 6 January 1822 in Dutchess County, New York. He grew up in a family of photographers and learned the daguerreotype process from his father, Cornelius Bogardus. In 1846 he moved to New York City and opened his own studio, where he quickly gained a reputation for his high-quality portraits.

Bogardus became known for his innovative techniques, such as using a concave mirror to reflect light onto his subjects and a large-format camera to capture more detail. He also developed a process for making multiple copies of a single image, which helped popularise photography as a form of mass communication.

Bogardus's portraits were sought after by many prominent figures of the day, including Abraham Lincoln, P.T. Barnum and Walt Whitman. He also photographed many of the major events of the day, including the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge and the funeral of Ulysses S. Grant.

In addition to his work as a photographer, Bogardus was also an inventor and entrepreneur. He patented several inventions related to photography, including a portable darkroom and a device for transferring photographic images to glass. He also ran a successful photographic supply business.

Abraham Bogardus died in New York City on 3 February 1908. He is remembered as one of the most influential photographers of the 19th century and a pioneer of commercial photography.
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[Samuel F.B. Morse, three-quarter-length portrait, seated, facing front, posed with a camera and glass plate negatives]

[Samuel F.B. Morse, three-quarter-length portrait, seated, facing fron...

Copy photograph of plate published in the Philadelphia Photographer, v. 9, 1872, opp. p. 1.

[Portrait of woman seated next to tasselled curtain.]

[Portrait of woman seated next to tasselled curtain.]

Public domain photo of portrait art print, 19th century, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description.

Abraham Bogardus01 - A black and white photo of a man with a long beard

Abraham Bogardus01 - A black and white photo of a man with a long bear...

Portrait of Abraham Bogardus (1822-1908), New York photographer and Daguerreotypist

[Unidentified woman with long curls, printed in vignette-style]

[Unidentified woman with long curls, printed in vignette-style]

Public domain portrait photograph, 19th century, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description.

Private Thomas Dennis of Co. G, 2nd New York Cavalry Regiment in uniform with American flag Bogardus, photographer, 363 Broadway, New York

Private Thomas Dennis of Co. G, 2nd New York Cavalry Regiment in unifo...

Photograph shows identified soldier. Signed on verso: "Thomas Dennis" Tax stamp on verso. Gift; Tom Liljenquist; 2016; (DLC/PP-2017:171, formerly deposit D072) Forms part of: Liljenquist Family Collection of C... More

Gen. Thomas. Albumen print, Getty Museum. Public domain photograph.

Gen. Thomas. Albumen print, Getty Museum. Public domain photograph.

Picryl description: Public domain vintage artistic photograph, free to use, no copyright restrictions image.

Sailor in uniform Bogardus, photographer, 363 Broadway, New York

Sailor in uniform Bogardus, photographer, 363 Broadway, New York

Photograph shows sailor possibly identified as Acting Assistant-Surgeon on the bark "Midnight," J.G. Bacon. Notation on verso: "I am my dear John, yours, etc., J.[?]G. Bacon, U.S. Navy." J.G. Bacon listed as A... More

First Lieutenant Charles A. Briggs of Co. M, 10th New York Heavy Artillery Regiment and Co. G, 20th U.S. Colored Troops Infantry Regiment in uniform Bogardus, photographer, 363 Broadway, New York

First Lieutenant Charles A. Briggs of Co. M, 10th New York Heavy Artil...

Photograph shows identified soldier. Notation on recto: "Chas. A. Briggs, Co. C, 4th Arty." Deposit; Tom Liljenquist; 2018; (D074) Purchased from: Excelsior Brigade, Inc., Alexandria, Virginia, April 2018. For... More

Asher Brown Durand by A. Bogardus

Asher Brown Durand by A. Bogardus

Handwritten annotation on verso: Asher B. Durand at about 73 years of age. Verso also has photographer's stamp: Bogardus, photographer, 1153 Broadway cor. 27th Str., New York, established 1846.

[Occupational portrait of a tinworker (?), half-length, left profile, seated at table with tablecloth, working with a mallet, snips, compass, and metal cylinder]

[Occupational portrait of a tinworker (?), half-length, left profile, ...

Hallmark: AB MORTLEY, UTICA, N.Y. Case: scroll design. Embossed on cushion of case: Bogardus, 229 Greenwich, N.Y. Purchase/exchange; Gary Vroegindewey; 1981; (DLC/PP-1981:380R.10). Forms part of: Daguerreotype... More

[Andrew Johnson, half-length portrait, facing left] / A. Bogardus & Co., 872 B'way, cor. 18th St., N.Y.

[Andrew Johnson, half-length portrait, facing left] / A. Bogardus & Co...

Photograph is a reproduction of an etching. Reference copy in BIOG FILE.

Ukjent - NB bldsa OTO0863 A (cropped)

Ukjent - NB bldsa OTO0863 A (cropped)

Norsk bokmål: H.W. Smith Bogardus Phot. Sted: Kommune: Fylke: Tagger: Public domain photograph - military portrait, armed forces officer, leader, commander, 19th century, free to use, no copyright restriction... More

Samuel Finley Breese Morse by Abraham Bogardus

Samuel Finley Breese Morse by Abraham Bogardus

Samuel Finley Breese Morse, published 1872, albumen print by Abraham Bogardus, Department of Image Collections, National Gallery of Art Library, Washington, DC

Portrait of Mary Putnam Jacobi, reading, ca. 1860-1865. (25622774586)

Portrait of Mary Putnam Jacobi, reading, ca. 1860-1865. (25622774586)

Portrait of Mary Putnam Jacobi, reading, ca. 1860-1865. Catalog record: http://id.lib.harvard.edu/via/olvgroup1000313/catalog Contact the Schlesinger Library: http://asklib.schlesinger.radcliffe.edu/index.php

William Baker. Albumen print, Getty Museum. Public domain photograph.

William Baker. Albumen print, Getty Museum. Public domain photograph.

Public domain image of a male portrait, free to use, no copyright restrictions - Picryl description

Dr. Julius Nichols - Public domain portrait print

Dr. Julius Nichols - Public domain portrait print

Picryl description: Public domain vintage artistic photograph, free to use, no copyright restrictions image.

James A Garfield by Bogardus, 1881

James A Garfield by Bogardus, 1881

Cabinet card photograph (4.2" x 6.5") of James A Garfield

Ole Bull cabinet card portrait

Ole Bull cabinet card portrait

Artist: Abraham Bogardus (1822-1908) Date/place: unknown, New York/USA Subject: Ole Bull Medium: photographic positive, cabinet card Notes: none : NA Title number: NA Original reference: blds_03343 Original fo... More

Two unidentified men - Public domain portrait print

Two unidentified men - Public domain portrait print

Public domain image of a male portrait, free to use, no copyright restrictions - Picryl description

Unidentified boy - Public domain portrait print

Unidentified boy - Public domain portrait print

Public domain image of a male portrait, free to use, no copyright restrictions - Picryl description

The late Dr. Isaac Ferris / photographed by Bogardus.

The late Dr. Isaac Ferris / photographed by Bogardus.

Illustration showing Dr. Isaac Ferris, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing right. Illus. in: Harper's weekly, v. 17, no. 863 (1873 July 12), p. 597.

Private Eli F. Bruce of Co. E, 71st New York Infantry Regiment in uniform with sword Bogardus, photographer, 363 Broadway, cor. Franklin St., New York

Private Eli F. Bruce of Co. E, 71st New York Infantry Regiment in unif...

Photograph shows identified soldier. Notation on verso: "Eli Bruce N York. Cor. 5 Ave & 35 St." Partial tax stamp on verso. Gift; Tom Liljenquist; 2016; (DLC/PP-2017:171, formerly deposit D072) Forms part of: ... More

John Pryer.. Albumen print, Getty Museum. Public domain photograph.

John Pryer.. Albumen print, Getty Museum. Public domain photograph.

Public domain vintage artistic photograph, 19th century, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description.

The late William H. Vanderbilt / T.A. Butler sc. ; photographed by Bogardus.  The Vanderbilt tomb at New Dorp, Staten Island / drawn by Charles Graham from the architect's drawings.

The late William H. Vanderbilt / T.A. Butler sc. ; photographed by Bog...

Illus. in: Harper's weekly, v. 29, no. 1513 (1885 December 19), p. 845.

Captain Samuel Brooks Beaman of Co. K, 53rd Massachusetts Infantry Regiment in uniform with sword Bogardus, photographer, 363 Broadway, New York

Captain Samuel Brooks Beaman of Co. K, 53rd Massachusetts Infantry Reg...

Photograph shows identified soldier who was injured on march from Alexandria to Port Hudson, Louisiana. Notation on verso: "Saml. B. Beaman, Capt. of Co. K, 53 Reg. M.V.M." Deposit; Tom Liljenquist; 2018; (D07... More

David Farragut - NB bldsa OTO0863 A

David Farragut - NB bldsa OTO0863 A

David Glasgow Farragut (1801-70) Engraving by Henry Wright Smith (1828-). after a photograph by Abraham Bogardus. (1822-1908)

Reminiscences of Richard Lathers; sixty years of a busy life in South Carolina, Massachusetts and New York; (1907) (14776632894)

Reminiscences of Richard Lathers; sixty years of a busy life in South ...

Colonel Richard Lathers. Reproduced from a photograph by Bogardus, taken late in life. Identifier: reminiscencesofr00lath (find matches) Title: Reminiscences of Richard Lathers; sixty years of a busy life in S... More

Major Matthias S. Euen of Co. E, 156th New York Infantry Regiment in uniform Bogardus, photographer, 363 Broadway, New York

Major Matthias S. Euen of Co. E, 156th New York Infantry Regiment in u...

Photograph shows identified soldier, who was wounded at Port Hudson, Louisiana. Gift; Tom Liljenquist; 2016; (DLC/PP-2017:171, formerly deposit D072) Purchased from: Excelsior Brigade, Alexandria, Virginia, De... More

Agnes Booth in W. S. Gilbert's Engaged 1879

Agnes Booth in W. S. Gilbert's Engaged 1879

Agnes Booth in W.S. Gilbert's Engaged, 1879. Cabinet card, sepia ; 16.5 x 10.5 cm.

Asher B. Durand (2547833873) - Public domain portrait print

Asher B. Durand (2547833873) - Public domain portrait print

Description: Taken by Bogardus, annotated on reverse: "Asher B. Durand at about 73 years of age," stamped Bogardus, Photographer, 1153 Broadway Cor. 27th Str., New York, established 1846. Painter; Albany, N.Y. ... More

Unidentified female Cartes de visite

Unidentified female Cartes de visite

Public domain portrait photograph, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

["Fake" owl made out of butterflies]

["Fake" owl made out of butterflies]

Public domain photograph - 19th-century albumen print, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Dr. Alexander  McDonald - Public domain dedication image

Dr. Alexander McDonald - Public domain dedication image

Picryl description: Public domain vintage artistic photograph, free to use, no copyright restrictions image.

Asher Brown Durand by A. Bogardus-crop

Asher Brown Durand by A. Bogardus-crop

Handwritten annotation on verso: Asher B. Durand at about 73 years of age. Verso also has photographer's stamp: Bogardus, photographer, 1153 Broadway cor. 27th Str., New York, established 1846.

AH Bogardus and Sons by Eisenmann

AH Bogardus and Sons by Eisenmann

Capt. Adam Henry Bogardus, (1834–1913) and sons

Unidentified boy - Public domain portrait print

Unidentified boy - Public domain portrait print

Public domain image of a male portrait, free to use, no copyright restrictions - Picryl description

[Occupational portrait of a tinworker (?), half-length, left profile, seated at table with tablecloth, working with a mallet, snips, compass, and metal cylinder]

[Occupational portrait of a tinworker (?), half-length, left profile, ...

Hallmark: AB MORTLEY, UTICA, N.Y. Case: scroll design. Embossed on cushion of case: Bogardus, 229 Greenwich, N.Y. Purchase/exchange; Gary Vroegindewey; 1981; (DLC/PP-1981:380R.10). Forms part of: Daguerreotype... More

[Portrait of a man with fringe beard]

[Portrait of a man with fringe beard]

Picryl description: Public domain image of a daguerreotype portrait, early photography, 19th century, Victorian style, free to use, no copyright restrictions.

William Cullen Bryant - Public domain portrait print

William Cullen Bryant - Public domain portrait print

Picryl description: Public domain vintage artistic photograph, free to use, no copyright restrictions image.

Unidentified soldier in Union uniform with bucktail on hat Bogardus, photographer, 363 Broadway, New York

Unidentified soldier in Union uniform with bucktail on hat Bogardus, p...

Photograph shows soldier probably of one of the Pennsylvania bucktail regiments: 42nd Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment, 149th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment, or 150th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment. Deposit; Tom... More

Ole Bull cabinet card portrait (4711042259)

Ole Bull cabinet card portrait (4711042259)

Artist: Abraham Bogardus (1822-1908) Date/place: unknown, New York/USA Subject: Ole Bull Medium: photographic positive, cabinet card Notes: none : NA Title number: NA Original reference: blds_03343 Original fo... More

Two unidentified men - Public domain portrait print

Two unidentified men - Public domain portrait print

Public domain image of a male portrait, free to use, no copyright restrictions - Picryl description

Unidentified boy - Public domain portrait print

Unidentified boy - Public domain portrait print

Public domain photograph related to music, performing arts, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description