Circa 1874. Photograph. Albumen stereoview on a yellow mount [11.5 cm x 17.5 cm] No backstamp. Printed label on the reverse. Light corner wear. Very Good. Item #64486
The J. Paul Getty Museum attributes this photograph to John K. Hillers.
Jack Hillers (1840-1882) was working as a teamster when he made the acquaintance of John Wesley Powell. The following year, 1871, Powell hired him as a boatman for his second expedition down the Colorado River and through the Grand Canyon. Over time, he replaced Clements Powell (John's cousin) as the assistant to the photographer (first succeeding E. O. Beaman then James Fennemore). Hillers was a hard worker, highly regarded by his peers, and a fast learner when it came to the art of photography. After serving as the main photographer on Powell's trips, Hillers would go on to work for the Bureau of American Ethnology for many years.