Bachrach Studios

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Bachrach's 1922 portrait of Thomas Edison (restored version)

Bachrach Studios is an American photographic studio, believed to be one of the oldest continuously operating photography studios in the world.[1]


It was founded in Baltimore in 1868 by David Bachrach, Jr.[1]

The studio's founder, David Bachrach, took the only photo of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. The studio has photographed every US Head of State since then, its founder having made it a goal to photograph all the important people he could. He sought and received permission to photograph such notables as Charles Lindbergh and Calvin Coolidge. The studio went on to produce portraits of Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Eleanor Roosevelt, Douglas Dobson, and Muhammad Ali, among others.

In 1919 the company hired Paul Gittings, who opened and managed Bachrach Studios in Texas. Bachrach Studio had forty-eight locations throughout the United States at its height in 1929.[1] During the Great Depression, Bachrach scaled down the company and sold the Texas studios to Gittings.

Bachrach Studios remains a family business as of 2010.[2]

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  1. ^ a b c Margalit Fox (2010-03-01). "Fabian Bachrach, 92, Portraitist Who Photographed Kennedy, Dies". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-03-11. Mr. Bachrach belonged to a dynasty of commercial portrait photographers that stretches back more than 140 years and is now in its fourth generation. Widely believed to be the oldest continuously operating photo studio in the world, Bachrach Photography has routinely photographed luminaries in the arts, sports, business and politics, including nearly every American president from Abraham Lincoln on, along with a bevy of brides, grooms and graduates.
  2. ^ Marquard, Bryan (2010-03-02). "Louis Fabian Bachrach Jr., 92, photographer of famous". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2010-03-11.

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