Central Park Plaza by William A Fraser
As a photographic genre, the magic lantern slide was especially
useful in enabling group showings of members and other amateur's
This lantern slide from our collection bore a label, we got in touch with Anthony T. Troncale , President of The Camera Club of New York, 1991-92 & Archivist, 1986-1992, who kindly supplied us with information about it's maker.
The label dates lantern slide between 1888 and 1896. William Fraser was a member in the days when Alfred Stieglitz was lantern slide officer. In fact, the Club's journal Camera Notes (1897-1903) was edited by Stieglitz and he published some of Fraser's work from Central Park.
The Camera Club of New York (1897- ) was formed after two groups of photography clubs, The
Society of Amateur Photographers and the New York Camera Club merged in 1897.
The "New York Camera Club" split from the Society of Amateur Photographers of NY in 1888.
SAPNY was founded in 1884. Fraser was involved with Stieglitz in getting both organizations to
reconsolidate in 1897.