Benjamin Franklin Upton

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Stereoscopic photograph of St Paul from the Park Place Hotel

Benjamin Franklin Upton (born August 3, 1818 - ? after 1901) was a photographer who produced stereoscopic views in the United States, especially of natural features, architectural sights, pineries (logging operations) and recreational endeavors around the Minneapolis, St. Anthony, and St. Paul area and its surroundings. Some of the images were labelled Upton's Views.

He was born in Dixmont, Maine.[1]

He began his photographic career working with daguerreotypes in Brunswick, Maine.[2] The Minnesota Historical Society has a collection of his work.[3] The Library of Congress also possesses some of his work.[3] His photo of Wa-kan-o-zhan-zhan (Medicine Bottle) is in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery.[4]

Park Place Hotel

Upton worked with daguerreotype and patented a mercury bath technique and device for polishing plates.[5]


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  1. ^ "Pioneer Photographers from the Mississippi to the Continental Divide: A ... - Peter E. Palmquist, Thomas R. Kailbourn - Google Books". Retrieved 2018-12-21.
  2. ^ Palmquist, Peter E.; Kailbourn, Thomas R. (2005). Pioneer Photographers from the Mississippi to the Continental Divide: A Biographical Dictionary, 1839-1865. ISBN 9780804740579.
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  4. ^ "Benjamin Franklin Upton - Person - National Portrait Gallery".
  5. ^ "Benjamin Franklin Upton daguerreotype, ca. 1855".