Illinois College of Photography

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The Illinois College of Photography and Bissell College of Photo Engraving was a college in Effingham, Illinois opened in 1893 and closed in 1931,[1] with a focus on practical, vocational photographic training.[2]

The college was founded by photographer Lewis H. Bissell,[3] and was located initially on the Austin College campus in Effingham County, Illinois. It later moved to its separate studio and buildings in 1900 at 910–945 Wabash Ave in Effingham. At one time the school had several hundred students from the U.S., Canada and 52 countries.

The college closed in 1931, due to poor enrollment during the Great Depression.[1]

Graduates were expected to "go out fully equipped and the fact that they are alumni of the Illinois College of Photography is a guarantee that they are artists in their lines. A diploma from this institution assures them the most remunerative positions in the best studios in the country."

Notable graduates[edit]

External links[edit]

  • Banbury, Larry Francis (1982), The Sesquicentennial of Effingham Co., 1831-1981, Illinois: Banbury Publishing Company.
  • The Illinois College of Photography Bulletin, 1905, Illinois, 1905.


  1. ^ a b Donaldson, Delaine. "Effingham's Illinois College of Photography". Effingham Daily News. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  2. ^ Illinois College of Photography :Effingham, Illinois 1905-1906. 1905–1906. p. 7. Retrieved 1 July 2018.CS1 maint: date format (link)
  3. ^ Lewis, Phil. "Vintage views from the Illinois College of Photography". Effingham Daily News. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Riverside Public Library : Local History : Finding aids". Retrieved 1 July 2018.