Photographer of the Early West

Photographer of the Early West

The Story of Arundel Hull

Book - 2004
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Young Arundel Hull captured history when he shot photos of everyday life during America's westward expansion. Born in 1846, he apprenticed at a photography studio in St. Paul Minnesota. By age 17, he had opened his own business, perfecting his photographic skills. In 1866 three years later, he sold most everything and succumbed to the siren call of the West. Arundel C. Hull arrived in Omaha, Nebraska in 1866 an adventuresome twenty-year old photographer. He made and sold many photos of businesses and streets and joined the E. L. Eaton gallery working at Omaha's first portrait studio. The following spring he loaded up his photographic equipment and boarded a west bound train on the newly established Union Pacific Railroad. As he stopped at nearly every station, often the first photographer to document the emerging towns. He traveled as far as Green River, Wyoming, before heading back to Omaha. During 1869 he was back at Omaha's photography studio, now owned by the Jackson brothers. When the Union Pacific requested photographs of the railroad, Hull and William H. Jackson took on the task traveling to Promontory arriving only days after the ceremonial Golden Spike was driven. The rest of the biography covers Hull's subsequent years as he settled in Fremont, Nebraska. There in 1870 he opened his own photographic studio, married and played a leading part in many civic involvements. Like many early businessmen he contributed generously toward the town's development assisting in the construction of a large creamery, a school, a telephone system and more. In addition to photographs from his early journeys, the book features a number of portraits and photographs from those Fremont years. Hull's photography is striking. Many of the shots made as he traveled in the west are remarkably clear, considering the complicated process involved. using a portable darkroom. Hull had an eye for beautiful composition.. Readers interested in the old west or in photography will find Miller's book an interesting and sound addition to their understanding of the late 1800s.
Publisher: Mill Valley, Calif. : Antelope-Press, c2004
ISBN: 9780972851107
Branch Call Number: 917.8 Hull Miller
Characteristics: xi, 132 p. : ill., ports., maps, geneal. table ; 23 cm
Alternative Title: Story of Arundel Hull


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