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Joel E. Whitney

Also Known as: Joel Emmons Whitney, J. E. Whitney

Phillips, Maine 1822

St. Paul, Minnesota 1886

Active in:

  • Minneapolis, Minnesota


Working together in St. Paul in the 1860s and 1870s, Whitney and Zimmerman are best known for their extensive series of views of the Minnehaha Falls. They produced both summer and winter views, black-and-white as well as with additional hand-coloring. Like Niagara Falls in the East, Minnesota's Minnehaha was a popular and evocative subject for mid-nineteenth-century photographers (see Alex Hesler).

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