Photograph. Photograph [8 x 5"] Edges of mount rubbed; very small losses from two of the corners; mild waviness. "Aug. 1894" in pen on the reverse. Very Good. Item #65016
Pioneer Mormon photographer Charles Roscoe Savage was a prolific Mormon photographer who photographed throughout Utah and the western United States. He is noted for taking the first photographs of what would later become Zion National Park and he recorded the construction of the Mormon Temple and Tabernacle in Salt Lake City. An exhibit of Savage's photography was displayed at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1892 where he was awarded a diploma and medal.
"Of all the photographers who photographed the Salt Lake temple, Savage was by far the most prolific and influential. His inspiration spread far beyond the confines of his work. He was, after all, mentor to most of the temple's photographers- the majority of whom at one time or another worked under his watchful eye in the Art Bazar either as teenage helpers or adult darkroom assistants. Unfortunately, the fire in 1883 destroyed the bulk of the negatives of his historic work up to that time. The negatives he produced after that have also been lost primarily because his descendants did nothing to preserve them. On the other hand, literally thousands of his original prints, either the earlier albumen or later Solio variety have been preserved in various archives or in private collections.
"Because he was a fine pictorial photographer, as well as a meticulous darkroom technician, the majority of his surviving prints have fading only minimally. They today command high prices from collectors and secure him a permanent place in Mormon and Utah history and the history of western photography." - from Set in Stone, Fixed in Glass by Nelson B. Wadsworth (Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 1992, pp. 124-125).