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Franklin White

Springfield, Massachusetts 1813


Active in:

  • Lancaster, New Hampshire


Originally a landscape painter, White began to take photographs in the mid-1850s, focusing his camera on the White Mountains near his home in Lancaster, New Hampshire. Taking advantage of interest in a region that by the mid-nineteenth century had already begun to develop a tourist industry, White published several photographic and stereoscopic albums of his pictures in 1859 and 1860. These "viewbooks," as he called them, were among the first comprehensive attempts to document a specific region. They included close-up views of natural phenomena, such as the trapped boulder, as well as panoramic views of Mount Washington and the Franconia range.

Merry A. Foresta American Photographs: The First Century (Washington, D.C.: National Museum of American Art with the Smithsonian Institution Press, 1996)