American Photography

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American Photography was a magazine for amateur photographers.


American Photography was formed in 1907 through the merger of three other magazines, American Amateur Photographer (1889-1907), Camera and Dark Room (1898-1907), and Photo-Beacon (1889-1907). Volume 1 began with the July 1907 issue. American Photography was published by the American Photographic Publishing Company of New York and Boston. Contributors to the magazine included the Camera Club of New York, the Boston Photo-clan, and Photo-Pictorialists of Boston. The magazine also solicited paid editorial contributions from photographers throughout the United States. In addition to photography and editorial content, the magazine included period advertising from photographic equipment manufacturers and distributors.

The magazine had a complicated publishing history. Not only was it formed from the union of three existing photography magazines but it continued to absorb others throughout its lifetime. In 1909, it absorbed Camera Notes (1897-1909), in 1917 it absorbed Popular Photography (1912-1917)[1], in 1919 it absorbed Amateur Photographer's Weekly, in 1920 Photo-craft, in 1932 Photo-Era Magazine, in 1939 The Photo Miniature, in 1942 both Photo Technique and Camera Craft.

American Photography ceased publishing in 1953 when it was purchased by Ziff-Davis Publishing Company and merged into Popular Photography (1937-Present).


Early issues of the magazine are now in the public domain and some have been scanned as part of the Google Books initiative. All issues of these volumes can read online or downloaded in PDF format for ebook readers.


  1. This is not the Popular Photography magazine published beginning in 1937 by Ziff-Davis, and continuing to the present.