The Pan Am's Who's Who
Charles Dudley Arnold
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Pan-American Exposition's official photographer.
A native of Canada, Arnold had come to Buffalo as a young man. His interest in photography developed during a stint as a traveling salesman after the Civil war.
Early in his career, Arnold established a reputation as an architectural photographer He toured Europe by dogcart "... to secure for American institution and private subscribers a series of views of the best existing remains of classic architecture." As a supplier of images to leading architects, he had a leg up in winning the position as official photographer for the 1893 Chicago world's fair, a bastion of neo-classicism.
Arnold reprised this role eight years later at the Pan-Am, exhaustively documenting its construction and physical setting as well as poking his lens into less formal nooks and crannies.
He would photograph one or more major exposition during his lifetime, the 1907 tercentenary of the founding of Jamestown, Virginia. Arnold died in Buffalo at the age of 83 in 1927.
-- Text source; "Images of America: Buffalo's Pan-American Exposition," by Thomas E. Leary and Elizabeth C. Scholes. Charleston: Arcadia Pub., 1998