New York, Pier 39

stoddard_seneca_ray_2007_104_2a3Seneca Ray Stoddard, Jersey City from Pier 39, Hudson River, ca. 1875

Seneca Ray Stoddard (1844–1917) is generally known for his photographs of the Adirondack Mountains in New York. Trained as a landscape painter and train carriage decorator, Stoddard began his photographic career in the late 1860s with the creation of stereographics. Nearly ten years later he began selling his landscape images to traveling tourists, marking the end of his painting career. Jersey City from Pier 39, Hudson River was created around 1875 and is typical of Stoddard’s style: a horizontal composition with dramatic lighting sharply defines the objects and people in the scene.

(Source: New York State Archives)

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About claartjevandijk

Assistant Curator, Collections at the International Center of Photography, New York
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