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George G. Rockwood

Acclaimed photographer George Gardner Rockwood was born to Elihu Robbins and Martha Gardner Rockwood in Troy, New York on April 12, 1832. Young George's early education was at the Ballston Spa Institute, an elite boys' boarding school. As a young adult, he worked in a printing office, and then became a reporter for the Troy local newspaper, the Daily Times. He later was named editor to the Troy Daily Post, and within twelve months quadrupled the newspaper's circulation. In 1853, Mr. Rockwood married Araminta Bouton, and the couple would have two children.

Two years after his marriage, Mr. Rockwood discovered another enduring passion - photography. After living in St. Louis, Missouri for three years, he moved his family to New York City, which is where he studied the art of photography and quickly became a respected expert in the field. Mr. Rockwood's genius was not in the mechanics of photography, but rather the creativity with which he applied them to portraits. He was also leading the way in photographic innovation, having made the first carte-de-visite in the United States during a sitting with Baron Nathan Rothschild. Mr. Rockwood was also a pioneer in photo-engraving, photo-sculpture, and instant photography. Not content to rest on his laurels, he also mastered the art of landscape photography, and his exhibits received coveted premiums from the American Institute.


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