Camera Workers: The British Columbia, Alaska & Yukon Photographic
Directory, 1858-1950 - U - Volume 1 (1858-1900)
© 1999-2001 By
NAME: U.S.P. Co.
VARIANT: United States
WHERE ACTIVE: Donald.
WORK INTERVAL: 1893 09.
STATUS: Studio (itinerant).
SUMMARY: Based in Montreal, Quebec, this firm visited Donald to take portraits;
the photographer(s) could not take any landscape views because of smoke.
REFERENCES: Golden Era, 1893
Underwood & Underwood see
Underwood View Co.
NAME: Underwood View Co.
Underwood & Underwood.
WHERE ACTIVE: Vancouver.
WORK INTERVAL: circa 1888 02.
STATUS: Studio (visit).
BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: This was the company that became Underwood and
Underwood of Ottawa, Kansas, manufacturers and distributors of postcards and
IDENTIFYING MARKS: name on
BIBLIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES: BVAA photos no. STREETS P. 75 ; P.
NAME: Uren, John
VARIANT: Wren, John ; Urin, John.
LIFE DATES: ca.
1842-1919 02 26
BIRTHPLACE: England, UK.
PLACE OF DEATH: Renton, King
WHERE ACTIVE: Victoria ; Barkerville ; Nanaimo ; Wellington ;
New Westminster ; Vancouver? ; Chilliwack.
Government St., next door to Theatre Photographic Gallery (Victoria)/1874
04-10? ; Barkerville/1875 07-08 ; Nanaimo/1877 ; Government St., W. side near
View St./1878 06-1879 02 ; near Columbia St. (New Westminster)/1879 02-1881 ;
Front St. (New Westminster)/1882 08-1883 ; Columbia St./1884?-1889 ; Cordova
St. (Vancouver)/1886 05 24-06 13 ; Victoria Cres. (Nanaimo)/1890-1894? ;
Wellington/1894-1898 ; Chilliwack/1900.
HOME ADDRESS/YEAR: Superior St.
WORK INTERVAL: 1874-1900+.
BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: The first mention of Uren's photographic career was his
purchase or lease of Shakespeare's
photographic gallery next door to the Theatre Photographic Gallery in April
1874. Uren is not the John "Wren" listed in the Nanaimo directory of 1874. He
appears to have abandoned the former Shakespeare studio in October 1874; the
Colonist for October 13, 1874 reported seeing his photos of the Cache
Creek Boarding School.
The following year Uren was in Barkerville taking
photographs for a couple of weeks. He opened a studio in October 1876 in
Nanaimo and by June 1878 he had returned to Victoria and purchased the
Victoria Theatre Photographic
Gallery from Shakespeare.
Moving to New Westminster in February 1879
he opened a studio there at "the corner of the streets leading to the Drill
Shed, a few doors from Columbia St." The following year he invented a
reversible camera back for producing multiple images in one sitting.
purchased a saloon in New Westminster in 1881 but was back at photography the
next year at a new location on Front St. next to Mrs. Eckstein's. By 1885 he
had moved to Columbia St. and may have established himself in partnership with
W.T. Milross in Vancouver in May
He had moved to Nanaimo by 1890 and was listed as a photographer in
Wellington in the mid to late 1890s. By 1900 he was working as a photographer
Although John Uren was a prolific photographer who took
many portraits and landscape views, no large caches of his photographs appear
to have survived in public archives.
John Uren died aged 77 and is buried
in Greenwood Memorial Park, Renton, Washington (section F, lot 326, block 48,
COLLECTIONS: BNCM; BVAA; BVIPA.
"Photograph by John Uren, Front Street, New Westminster, B.C." on verso of
print; "J. Uren, Photographer, New Westminster, B.C." on verso of
REFERENCES: MAL71; MAL74; HIB77; WIL82; WIL85; MAL87;
WIL89; HEN90; WIL94; WIL95; HEN97; WIL97; HEN98; Voters List, 1874; 1894
(Victoria); 1900 (Chilliwack); Colonist, 1874 04 30/3; 1874 06 09/2;
1874 10 13/3; 1878 06 05/3; Cariboo Sentinel, 1875 07 31/2 & 3; 1875
08 07/3; Nanaimo Free Press, 1876 10 18/3; Mainland Guardian,
1879 02 08/2 & 3; 1880 06 16/3; 1881 03 16/2; 1881 09 17/4; 1881 09 21/4;
1882 08 26/3; Columbian, 1882 08 23/3; Renton Bulletin, 1919 02
28/3; 1919 04 25/2; Washington State Board of Health, Certificate of Death,
record no. 96, registered no. 25, John Uren; BVIPA Visual Records Photographer
NAME: Uren &
WHERE ACTIVE: Victoria.
BUSINESS ADDRESS/YEAR: Government
St., next to Victoria Theatre Photographic Gallery/1874 04-10?.
INTERVAL: 1874 04-10?.
BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: This was
the partnership of J.B. Uren and a man named
Hoyt. They leased or purchased the
gallery next to the Theatre Photographic Gallery, then owned by
N. Shakespeare, but by October
Shakespeare appears to have taken the lease back.
REFERENCES: Standard, 1874 05 04/2 & 3;
Colonist, 1874 04 30/3; 1874 06 09/2.
NAME: Uren & Mountain.
ACTIVE: New Westminster.
BUSINESS ADDRESS/YEAR: Columbia St., near
WORK INTERVAL: circa 1889?.
BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: This was a partnership between J.B.
Uren and A. Mountain.
IDENTIFYING MARKS: "Uren & Mountain,
Photographers, New Westminster and British Columbia" on verso of cabinet
BIBLIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES: BVIPA photo no. HP002783.