Benjamin Franklin Upton

Born Aug 3, 1818

Benjamin Franklin Upton was a photographer who produced stereoscopic views in the United States, especially of natural features, architectural sights, pineries and recreational endeavors around the Minneapolis, St. Anthony, and Saint Paul area and its surroundings. Some of the images were labelled "Upton's Views".
Upton was born in Dixmont, Maine. He began his photographic career working with daguerreotypes in Brunswick, and patented both a mercury bath technique and a device for polishing plates for use in the daguerreotype process.
The Minnesota Historical Society and the Library of Congress have collections of albumen prints of his work. A carte de visite of his photo of Wa-kan-o-zhan-zhan, one of the leaders of the Dakota War of 1862, is in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery in London.
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