Lower Manhattan

Lower Manhattan

This pictorialist view titled Lower Manhattan may show the former Singer Building at center of frame.

Ben J. Boyd was an active member of the Wilkes-Barre Camera Club in Pennsylvania. His photographs were often reproduced in major photographic journals of his day, and they indicate he was active from as early as 1913 to as late as 1918.

A 1915 notice in one of these journals lists Boyd as being the Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Wilkes-Barre Camera Club. The active club hosted an annual convention and print competition. (1.)

The following is a list of his known published work as of Jan. 2014:

1913: April: Old Letters: from: The Camera: Wilkes-Barre Camera Club Exhibition: p. 189

1914: April: The Little Cherub: from: The Photographic Times: Wilkes -Barre Camera Club Exhibition: p. 132

1914: April: Self-Portrait: from: The Camera: Wilkes-Barre Camera Club Exhibition: p. 215

1915: May: A Bit O’ Winter: from: The Camera: Wilkes -Barre Camera Club Exhibition (certificate): p. 271

1915: June: The View: from: The Photographic Times: Wilkes-Barre Camera Club Exhibition: p. 234

1916: Tea Time, exhibited as part of the 1916 John Wanamaker Exhibition, and published in the journal American Photography (Boston-August, 1916: p. 433)

Print details: verso: titled in graphite: LOWER MANHATTAN along with the following details:
1/25 Second Ex
Eastman 2¼ x 3 ¼ Film Pack
at f 8
Enlarged on “NOKO”

Ben J. Boyd
50 Lawrence St
Wilkes-Barre, Pa.


1. Notes and News: in: American Photography: Boston, January, 1915: p. 56

Lower Manhattan

Image Dimensions17.0 x 19.2 cm

Support Dimensions17.8 x 20.0 | 31.7 x 29.5 cm (slight crop shown)