adam clark vroman
Born in La Salle, Illinois, Vroman abandoned a career as a railroad agent and moved to Pasadena, California, in 1893. There he opened a book and photo-supply store and began to pursue his own interest in photography. At first Vroman concentrated on California landscapes and architectural subjects, but between 1895 and 1904 he made eight trips to Arizona and New Mexico, observing and documenting on film the local Indian tribes. He concentrated on the daily lives and ceremonial activities of the Hopi and Zuni. His photographic travels also took him to Japan, Yosemite, various European countries, and the Canadian Rockies, but his views of the Southwest are generally recognized as his most significant work.