Henry Hunt Snelling

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Henry Hunt Snelling
Born (1817-11-08)November 8, 1817
Plattsburgh, NY
Died June 24, 1897(1897-06-24) (aged 79)
St. Louis, MO
Nationality American
Occupation Photographer, editor, author, inventor
Spouse(s) Anna L. Putnam

Henry Hunt Snelling (8 November 1817 – 24 June 1897) was a 19th-century American photographer, editor, author and inventor.

Biography[edit]

Born in Plattsburg, New York, Snelling was the son of Josiah and Abigail (Hunt) Snelling. Snelling moved to Council Bluffs, Missouri as an infant, but received his education at a military academy in Georgetown, DC. For a time he was the librarian of the New York Lyceum, In New York, he met Edward Anthony, from whom he learned about photography. Anthony was a manufacturer of photographic supplies, and Snelling came to work for him. In 1849 he wrote The History and Practice of the Art of Photography, which was published by his brother-in-law. This is supposedly the first bound volume on photography published in America.[1] He also edited the Photographic Art Journal (1851–53 and 1854–60). This was later renamed the Photographic and Fine Art Journal.[1] The firm E. and H.T. Anthony exhausted him, and he left in 1857. He sold the Photographic and Fine Art Journal.[1] In 1871 he moved to Cornwall, New York, where he edited and published the newspaper, Reflector of Cornwall. In 1887 he had to leave that publication because he had become blind.[2]

Snelling married Anna L. Putnam in 1837. She was the sister of George Palmer Putnam and herself an author (Kabaosa; or, The Warriors of the West).[1] Snelling and his wife authored plays together. Additionally, Anna translated de Brebisson's The Collodion Process in Photography for the Production of Instantaneous Proofs.[3] Snelling died at the Memorial Home, St. Louis, 24 Jun 1897.[4]

Snelling was also known as an inventor. He invented an enlarging camera (1852), a blue glass filter, and announced, but did not develop, a color photographic process (1856).[1]

Works[edit]

  • History and Practice of Photography (1849)
  • Dictionary of the Photographic Art (1853)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Dictionary of American Biography, Ed. Dumas Malone. Charles Scribner's Sons. NY. c. 1935 American Council of Learned Societies. , Vol. IX., p. 379, New York: James T. White & Co. (1894).
  2. ^ Appleton's Cyclopaedia of American Biography, Vol. V, p. 623, New York: D. Appleton and Company (1888).
  3. ^ Greenspan, Ezra (2008). George Palmer Putnam. Penn State Press. p. 30. ISBN 978-0-271-02805-7. 
  4. ^ Who Was Who in America Historical Volume 1607-1896, Revised edition, 1967, p. 566, Chicago: Marquis Who's Who Incorporated.

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