Quai François Mauriac, 75706 Paris, France
Peter Palmquist in front of the old National Library in Paris.
5501 South Ranch to Market Road 1623, TX, United States
Peter Palmquist studied at Williams Creek School.
5830 Golden Eagle Dr, Ferndale, WA 98248, United States
Peter Palmquist studied at Ferndale High School.
1 Harpst St, Arcata, CA 95521, United States
Peter Palmquist attended Humboldt State University. He got a Bachelor of Arts.
(This extraordinarily comprehensive, well-documented, biog...)
This extraordinarily comprehensive, well-documented, biographical dictionary of some 1,500 photographers (and workers engaged in photographically related pursuits) active in western North America before 1865 is enriched by some 250 illustrations, many of them previously unpublished. The territory covered stretches from Alaska through Central America, and embraces all of the present-day states of the United States that fall, at least partially, west of the Continental Divide. The work is distinguished by the sheer number of entries, by the engaging quality of the biographical narratives that cover both the professional and personal lives (wherever possible) of the subjects, and by the careful, detailed documentation.
(The redwood tree has long been the national icon for natu...)
The redwood tree has long been the national icon for nature and conservation, and few natural wonders has stimulated so much writing. This highly illustrated literary anthology, with diverse selections, stories, poems, natural history writing, and articles about contemporary conservation issues, that span more than 300 years, provides a unique and complete view of the tree's place in history and the imagination. With over fifty photographs, paintings, lithographs, and other graphics.
Peter Palmquist studied at the Williams Creek School and graduated from Ferndale High School in 1954. Besides, he attended Humboldt State University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in 1965, but he took no formal education in photography history.
Peter Palmquist was a self-taught scholar and prolific historian of photography, especially western photography. He taught himself photography at age twelve, served five years as a photographer in the United States Army. Then he was a photographer for the state government of California from 1959-1961. After it, Peter worked for twenty-eight years as a photographer for Humboldt State University before retiring in 1989. Palmquist was an independent historian of photography from 1971 until he died in 2003.
In addition to his career as a photographer, Peter Palmquist was a writer. Among his books was With Nature's Children: Emma B. Freeman, 1880-1928, where Freeman, a free-spirited, flamboyant artist, and photographer, was known for her romanticized portraits of local Klamath and Hupa Indians, images that were often highly artistic but culturally inaccurate. Another Palmquist's 1980 book, Lawrence & Houseworth/Thomas Houseworth & Co, provides a history and catalog of the Houseworth company, a California dealer in optics that also sold stereoscopes and stereoscopic viewers, along with stereoscopic photographs of subjects in California and the American West. In the book, Shadowcatchers: A Directory of Women in California Photography before 1901, provides a comprehensive list of women active in photography in California in the nineteenth century. The book, Photographers: A Sourcebook for Historical Research, provides a framework and good advice for novices and experienced researchers alike. It includes instructional essays on the theory and techniques of regional research, along with a bibliography of directories of photographers. Palmquist's book, Pioneer Photographers of the Far West, exhibits many of the virtues and some of the faults to be expected from a lifelong obsession, which it appears to have been. Also, Peter Palmquist was a founding editor of the Daguerreian Annual.
(This extraordinarily comprehensive, well-documented, biog...)2000
(The redwood tree has long been the national icon for natu...)2001
Peter Palmquist's goal was to interpret each photograph to understand the times in which it was taken, the person who shot it, the people who appear in it. He was interested in weaving a vast tapestry of California's past through the lens of as many photographers as possible. As he explains it, the days of pioneer photography (roughly 1850 to 1920) coincided with many of the most dramatic historical periods in California - the gold rush, the logging of giant redwoods, the settling of the West with its brutal annihilation of Indian culture and the establishment of permanent cities. Old photographs tell that story, and each one is a key to the past, believed Palmquist.
Peter Palmquist was known for his quiet demeanor and a great sense of humor, and, especially, for his outrageous puns.
Quotes from others about the person
Myriam Weisang Misrach: "The soft-spoken man was considered a leading photography expert by prominent auction houses and museums and served as an advisor on a plethora of books and exhibits, curated important shows."
Martha A. Sandweiss: "Like the best of friends, Peter inspired through his generosity and support, like the best of teachers he inspired through example. What Peter cast into the world, through his books, and his spoken words will long reverberate with his friends and colleagues. He established new ways of pursuing the history of photography, and with his collections and research notes soon to be accessible at Yale, he will be speaking to and inspiring new generations of students and researchers forever."
Peter Palmquist married Sally Forward in 1957, but they divorced. They had three daughters, Alison, Elizabeth, and Anna.