M.A. Root

Dates1808 - 1888
RolesPhotographer, Daguerreotypist
BornGranville, Ohio, United States
DiedPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Before learning the daguerreotype process in Philadelphia around 1843, Marcus Aurelius Root studied painting and taught penmanship. The following year he became a partner in daguerreotype studios in Mobile, Alabama, and New Orleans. He later became a partner in Saint Louis, Missouri, and Philadelphia studios. In 1846 Root purchased John Jabez Mayall's studio in Philadelphia. Three years later, in partnership with his brother Samuel, he established a studio in New York on Broadway; this studio lasted until 1857.

Following a disabling railroad accident, Root turned to writing about photographic history and aesthetics.