(1830 - 1902)
Andrew Joseph Russell was active/lived in New York. Andrew Russell is known for Civil War, military and railroad construction photography, landscape painting.
Biography Andrew Russell
Andrew J. Russell, photographer and painter, was a New Yorker who took his wartime experience and applied it to yet another monumental event in American history: the construction of the Union Pacific Railroad. Born in Nunda, Russell began his career as a painter in New York. However, with the onset of war, Russell entered the army after aiding in the formation of a militia unit in his hometown. In 1863, fate found Russell as he was introduced to photography by an associate of Matthew Brady, Egbert Guy Fowx. Either Fowx was an excellent teacher or Russell a natural-born photographer (or both) because the skills Russell acquired quickly led to his appointment as the first official photographer of the United States Army.
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