Albert Sands Southworth (1811-1894) and Josiah Johnson Hawes (1808-1901) operated a daguerreotype studio together in Boston, MA. They are considered the finest American portrait photographers of the nineteenth century.
They were in partnership for approximately twenty years beginning in 1843 with commercial portraiture as their primary focus. A unique characteristic of the partnership was that the studio’s work was not completed by several different photographers. Instead, all work produced by the studio was by the hand of either Southworth, Hawes, or the two men together.
The George Eastman House collection contains approximately 1200 daguerreotypes by Southworth & Hawes. The Museum mounted a major exhibition in collaboration with the International Center of Photography in 2005 called Young America: The Daguerreotypes of Southworth & Hawes. For further information on the artists and exhibition see www.eastmanhouse.org/icp/index.html.