A.C. Vroman

Dates1856 - 1916
BornLa Salle, Illinois, United States
DiedAlta Dena, California, United States

So wrote an acquaintance from the Bureau of American Ethnology, who met Vroman while both were working on a bureau expedition in New Mexico. Vroman began to photograph around 1892, the same year that he married and moved to Pasadena, California. As an amateur photographer and bookseller, Vroman traveled to the Southwest, especially New Mexico, to photograph in the American Indian pueblos. He is best known for his portrait work there. Unlike many photographers at the time, he was considered to be extremely respectful of his subjects. Among his photographic accomplishments, Vroman illustrated the 1913 edition of Helen Hunt Jackson's novelRamona. The bookstore he founded, Vroman's Bookstore, still operates in Pasadena under his surname, though it is no longer in the Vroman family.

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