Camera Workers: The British Columbia, Alaska & Yukon Photographic Directory, 1858-1950 - V - Volume 1 (1858-1900)

1999-2002 By David Mattison

Updated: 2002.09.28.



Vancouver Art Emporium see C.S. Bailey & Co.


NAME: Vancouver Camera Club.
VARIANT: Camera Club.
WHERE ACTIVE: Vancouver.
BUSINESS ADDRESS/YEAR: 418 Hastings St./1897-1899.
WORK INTERVAL: 1897-1899.
STATUS: Club.
BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: Organized in January 1897, the Camera Club had a predecessor or possibly rival in another body also known as the Camera Club which was inaugurated in March 1895 and was reported to have had 40 members including several women. Rev. W.W. Baer  was one of the promoters of this earlier organization; other members were M. Gintzburger, E.E. Cracknell, E.B. Deane and Mr. Cooper-Coles. The formation of the second Camera clubs was noted as being "the first in the Province"; its initial meeting was at the Edwards Bros. studio. The latter firm acted as a liaison between the club and the public. By January 22, 1897 a studio and dark room had been set up above F. J. Painton's music store. F.T. Salsbury was secretary during the first year of the 1897 club's existence and J.T.C. Williams was president from 1897 through 1899. Other officers were Harry Abbott (honorary president), C.M. Beecher (first vice-president), W. Godrey, second vice-president, A.G. Ferguson (third vice-president), and C.A. Wood (honorary treasurer). The club was reported to have 50 members in April 1897.
COLLECTIONS:
REFERENCES: HEN97; HEN98; HEN99; News-Advertiser, 1895 03 14/8; 1895 04 21/8; 1897 01 07/8; 1897 01 08/8; 1897 01 22/8; 1897 02 18/1; 1897 03 17/5; Western Recreation (1897 04):38 (officers' names).



NAME: Vancouver Photo Co.
WHERE ACTIVE: Vancouver.
BUSINESS ADDRESS/YEAR: 416 Cordova St., opposite CPR offices/1887 10-1891 ; 518 Cordova St., opposite CPR offices/1892.
WORK INTERVAL: 1887 10-1892 05.
STATUS: Studio.
BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: Established by J.D. Hall as the Vancouver branch of Hall & Lowe, this studio was sold to David Wadds. As Hall was active in sports circles, a great number of group portraits of various sports teams were taken in his studio. Hall also engaged in outdoors work; in November 1887 it was reported that
Mr. Hall, of the Vancouver Photographic Gallery, secured some very fine views of the C.P.R. wharf while the S.S. Parthia was here. One of them shows the steamers Parthia, Princess Louise, Premier and George W. Elder, all unloading at the wharf, which presents a busy scene. The photograph itself is very clear and distinct, and is a credit to Mr. Hall's artistic ability.
COLLECTIONS: BVAA.
IDENTIFYING MARKS: "J. D. Hall, Manager, Vancouver Photographic Company Vancouver, B.C." on front of print mount.
REFERENCES: WIL88; HEN89; WIL90; WIL91; WIL92; News-Advertiser, 1887 10 15/4; 1887 10 18/4; 1887 11 20/4; 1892 05 2/8; 1892 05 17/1.


NAME: Vaughan, John William.
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BIRTHPLACE:
PLACE OF DEATH:
WHERE ACTIVE: Victoria ; Honolulu, Hawaii?.
BUSINESS ADDRESS/YEAR: Government St., W. side near View St./1862 10-1865 01.
HOME ADDRESS-YEAR:
WORK INTERVAL: 1862 10-1865 01.
STATUS: Commercial.
BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: According to an 1864 ad (Park) he "was a pupil of the celebrated Monsieur Brunellier of Paris, who was recommended to him by Mr. [John Jabez Edwin] Mayall [1813-1901], the greatest Photographer in England." Mayall was British and had moved back to London from Philadelphia in 1847 to open his American Daguerreotype Institution. Brunellier is no longer celebrated among the annals of photographic history. Vaughan founded the Victoria Theatre Photographic Gallery concurrently with his partnership with C. Fulton. Vaughan formed a partnership with W.F. Robertson the following August. After this partnership was dissolved Vaughan used the named Vaughan's Photographic Gallery. He finally sold the business in January 1865 when it was announced he was about to leave for Honduras. He might have instead ended up in Honolulu; a carte-de-visite portrait in the Bishop Museum bears the imprint "J. W. Vaughan" on the back.
COLLECTIONS: BVIPA; HBM.
IDENTIFYING MARKS: "John W. Vaughan Photographic Artist, Victoria Theatre, V.I." or "Vaughan, Vancouver Island" on verso of cartes-de-visite (1863-1864). One carte-de-visite with a scroll design on verso was signed "Vaughan 1864" (not verified as his signature).
REFERENCES/ADVERTISING AND SOURCES (IMAGES): HOW63; Park (1864); Mattison (1980 Winter):1-6.


NAME: Vaughan & Fulton.
WHERE ACTIVE: Victoria.
BUSINESS ADDRESS/YEAR: Government St., W. side near View St./1862 10-12.
WORK INTERVAL: 1862 10-12.
STATUS: Commercial.
BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: This was a partnership of J.W. Vaughan and C. Fulton who established the Victoria Theatre Photographic Gallery.
COLLECTIONS:
IDENTIFYING MARKS:
REFERENCES: Chronicle, 1862 10 29/2; Colonist, 1862 12 19/1 (dissolution of partnership notice dated Dec. 12).


NAME: Vaughan & Robertson.
WHERE ACTIVE: Victoria.
BUSINESS ADDRESS/YEAR: Government St., W. side near View St./1863 08-1864 02.
WORK INTERVAL: 1863 08-1864 02.
STATUS: Commercial.
BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: This was the partnership of J.W. Vaughan and W.F. Robertson which operated in conjunction with the Victoria Theatre Photographic Gallery. Vaughan operated as Vaughan's Photographic Gallery after the partnership ended.
COLLECTIONS: BVIPA.
IDENTIFYING MARKS: "Vaughan & Robertson Photographers Victoria Theatre V.I." signed on verso of carte-de-visite (not verified as either man's signature).
REFERENCES: Colonist, 1863 08 05/2; Chronicle, 1864 03 04/1 (dissolution of partnership notice dated Feb. 27).


NAME: Vaughan's Photographic Gallery.
WHERE ACTIVE: Victoria.
BUSINESS ADDRESS/YEAR: Government St., W. side near View St./1864 03-1865 01.
WORK INTERVAL: 1864 03-1865 01.
STATUS: Studio.
BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: This was the name used by J.W. Vaughan after his partnership with W.F. Robertson had been dissolved; the gallery was in the Victoria Theatre.
COLLECTIONS: BVIPA.
IDENTIFYING MARKS: "Vaughan's Photographic Gallery. Victoria, V.I." on verso of carte-de-visite.
REFERENCES: HOW63; Colonist, 1864 08 22/1.


NAME: Vaux family.
VARIANT: Vaux, George, Sr. (1832-1915) ; Vaux, George, Jr. (1863-1927) ; Vaux, William S., Jr. (1872-1908) ; Vaux, Mary (1860-1940).
WHERE ACTIVE: Rocky Mountains ; Selkirk Mountains.
HOME ADDRESS-YEAR: Philadelphia, PA.
WORK INTERVAL: 1887-1900+.
STATUS: Amateur (visit).
BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: Beginning in mid-July 1887 with a brief stop at the just-opened Glacier Hotel, this talented family of scholars and photographers returned for more studies of the mountains in 1894, 1897, 1898, 1899, 1900 and on into the twentieth century. An excellent overview of the family's history and outstanding examples of their photographs can be found in Cavell's tribute.
COLLECTIONS: ABA (negatives).
IDENTIFYING MARKS:
REFERENCES: Cavell (1983).


NAME: Victoria Theatre Photographic Gallery.
VARIANT: Theatre Photographic Gallery.
WHERE ACTIVE: Victoria.
BUSINESS ADDRESS/YEAR: Government St., W. side near View St./1862 10-1879 02?.
WORK INTERVAL: 1862 10-1879 02?.
STATUS: Studio.
BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: Established by J.W. Vaughan and C. Fulton in October 1862, the business was leased or purchased from Vaughan in January 1865 by G. Robinson. Robinson sold it to J.A. Craigg in May 1869; S.A. Spencer bought the business from Craigg in April 1872 and Spencer refitted the gallery. N. Shakespeare leased the gallery from Spencer in May 1875 and J.B. Uren then purchased it from Shakespeare in June 1878. By February 1879 Uren was operating his own studio in New Westminster. The building housing the gallery was demolished in October 1882.
COLLECTIONS: BVIPA.
IDENTIFYING MARKS: see under names of various photographers.
REFERENCES/ADVERTISING AND SOURCES (IMAGES): HOW63; MAL68; MAL69; MAL74; Mattison (1980 Winter):1-14.


NAME: Vieusseux, Charles Edward.
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PLACE OF DEATH:
WHERE ACTIVE: Victoria.
HOME ADDRESS/YEAR: Quebec St./1877.
WORK INTERVAL: 1870s.
STATUS: Amateur.
BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: He taught or operated a boys' school in James Bay. The BC Archives has a photo with his imprint on it. He appears to have been an amateur. His wife died in February 1892.
COLLECTIONS: BVIPA.
IDENTIFYING MARKS: "Mr. C. E. Vieusseux, Photographic Artist, Victoria, B.C." on verso of carte-de-visite.
REFERENCES: MAL69; MAL71; MAL74; HIB77; Colonist, 1892 02 17/8 (wife's obit.); BVIPA Visual Records Photographer File.


NAME: Vipond, Arthur.
A. Vipond by S.A. Spencer, 1860s (Courtesy of BC Archives, Visual Records call no. H-01219) LIFE DATES: 1832 __ __-1889 11 12.
BIRTHPLACE: Etherby, Durham, England, UK.
PLACE OF DEATH: Victoria.
WHERE ACTIVE: Victoria.
BUSINESS ADDRESS-YEAR:
HOME ADDRESS-YEAR:
WORK INTERVAL: 1858-186-?.
STATUS: Amateur.
BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: Although he arrived in Victoria with the Royal Engineers as a civilian and was armed with a photographer's certificate he had earned in England, he appears not to have practiced professionally. Surviving views of Fort Victoria appear to be among the earliest in existence. He was listed in the 1874 and 1877 directories as a machinist and gunsmith.
COLLECTIONS: BVIPA.
IDENTIFYING MARKS:
REFERENCES: MAL74; HIB77; Colonist, 1889 11 13-14/4 (obit.);World, 1889 11 13/4 (obit.); Mattison (1989).


NAME: Vogee, Anton.
VARIANT: Vogee's Photographic Gallery.
LIFE DATES: 1866? __ __-1950 10 10.
BIRTHPLACE: Andlesmith, Norway.
PLACE OF DEATH: Vancouver.
WHERE ACTIVE: Atlin ; Bennett ; Discovery (Pine City) ; Alaska ; Yukon Territory.
BUSINESS ADDRESS/YEAR: Pearl St., corner of Second St. (Atlin; tent gallery)/1899-1900.
HOME ADDRESS-YEAR:
WORK INTERVAL: 1899-1900.
STATUS: Commercial.
BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: He maintained branch studios at Atlin, Bennett and Pine City (Discovery). The studio at Pine City was managed by A.A. Garrison. Vogee's main occupation, however, was that of a sign painter and wall paper dealer. He was active in the towns of Dawson, Skagway and Whitehorse between 1898-1902 and left for Norway with his family in 1908.
COLLECTIONS: BVIPA (copy prints from YWA); YWA (glass negatives).
IDENTIFYING MARKS: print surface usually captioned, numbered and marked "Vogee" or "Vogee Photo."
REFERENCES: Letter, Yukon Archives, 1982 03 26.


Vogee's Photographic Gallery see Vogee, Anton.

NAME: Vullinghs, Adrian John.
LIFE DATES: 1868 __ __-1940 04 13.
BIRTHPLACE: Holland.
PLACE OF DEATH: Victoria.
WHERE ACTIVE: Hagan (East Saanich).
HOME ADDRESS-YEAR:
WORK INTERVAL: 1893-1909.
STATUS: Amateur.
BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: He was a missionary/reverend at this Saanich peninsula community. In addition to photographing the landscape and his native Indian charges, he organized a brass band in 1896.
COLLECTIONS: BVISAC.
IDENTIFYING MARKS:
REFERENCES: BVIPA GR-1304, file 182/40 (probate); Lillard (1977).