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FREDERICK GUTEKUNST (USA, Pennsylvania, Germantown 1831-1917 / act: Philadelphia)

Frederick Gutekunst The American Photographer Frederick F. Gutekunst Jr. of Philadelphia was favored by the East Coast elite and celebreties like poet Walt Witman, author Lafcadio Hearn, and Civil War hero General Grant. Gutekunst was a daguerreian from 1857-1860 in Philadelphia, Pa. From 1854 to 1860 the firm was listed at 706 Arch Street, and in 1857 at 164 Arch Street. Before entering photography as a full time business, he succeeded in making copper electrotype plates from daguerreotypes. He obtained his first daguerreotype camera by trading an electrical battery to Dr. Isaac Norris for it, and then he got a better lens for the camera from a photographer known as the "Buckeye Blacksmith". Born in 1831 in Germantown, Pa., Frederick experimented early with the daguerreian process, and opened a gallery with his brother Lewis Gutekunst in 1856. Frederick Gutekunst is listed in "Photography in America" on several pages.

[Megakles Rogakos 02/2006]

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