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06/08/2009 Copyright © 2002 The Henry Ford        Last Updated: 01/14/2003
The Detroit Publishing Company created its negative files by sending its own photographers out on the road and purchasing other photographers’ files.  In his early years with the company, Jackson traveled for months at a time, taking his own photographs and examining other photographers’ files for possible purchase.

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William H. Jackson at the Great Wall of China, while working for the World’s Transportation Commission, 1895.

William Henry Jackson (1843-1942) was a prolific photographer, probably the best known of the nineteenth-century western landscape photographers.  Before Jackson joined the Detroit Publishing Company in 1897, he worked for the U.S. Geological and Geographical Survey of the Territories, ran his own studio in Denver, and traveled the world as a photographer for the World’s Transportation Commission.

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Image of William Henry Jackson at the Great Wall of China
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