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A
s a continuation of last month’s article
that shared the story of the Blessing
Brothers, pioneer photographers in
Galveston, part two of three takes a closer
look at the next generation of photographers,
whose work captured the faces and landscapes
of our island city during a time of growth and
prosperity.
Philip H. Rose
One of Galveston’s premiere 19
th
century
photographers is also remembered for being
one of the pre-eminent theatrical photographers
of early Broadway—a feat achieved by an
entrepreneurial man who utilized his talent,
social contacts, and adeptness in conjunction
with advancing equipment.
Philip Henry Rose was born in January 1848 and
apprenticed as a studio boy with a photographer
in his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, before
relocating to the growing city of Galveston to
pursue his career.
Upon his arrival in the island city, Rose initially
worked as a camera operator at the studio of
Solomon T. Blessing, one of the most successful
photographers on the island. Already skilled in
the mechanics of taking photos, Rose learned
the aesthetic side of portraiture from artist Louis
Eyth who ran the Blessing business. He became
so proficient that Blessing invited him into
partnership within three years of his arrival.
Having married Clara Eliza Bogman in 1872 and
now part owner of Blessing & Rose on Tremont
Street, the photographer could finally afford to
move out of the rooms above the studio and
purchase a home on Avenue L for his young
family. When Blessing moved from Galveston
to Dallas, he sold his interest in the business
to Rose.
Galveston
Photographers
Part I I :
By Kathleen Maca
rose &
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Photo of Broadway
Performer Jobyna
Howland by Philip H. Rose
Image courtesy of Broadway Photographs
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