Seneca Ray Stoddard

CitizenshipUnited States
Cultural HeritageEuropean-American
Light Work RelationshipRobert B. Menschel Gallery, 1987




Photographer Seneca Ray Stoddard, was an example of the multi-faceted, highly productive individual so characteristic of nineteenth century America. His work focused on documenting the Adirondacks through photography and writing.

He published two guide books entitled, 'Lake George, Ticonderoga, Past and Present' and 'The Adirondacks, Illustrated', which combined a very readable account of his adventures in the northern wilderness with practical information on what to see and where to stay.

Stoddard's slide lecture before the New York Assembly on February 25, 1892, along with subsequent dramatic shows with slides projected on a huge screen, was a factor in getting legislation for the creation of the Adirondack Park, which today covers some six million acres.

With his masterful technique, coupled with a limited background in drawing and painting, he photographically interpreted the Adirondacks in ways that have earned him a place in the visual and Adirondack history. Whether of high peaks, gentle valleys, quiet waters or sublime chasms, his images continue to evoke a sense of awe, and when he included tourists in the photographs, he usually made it clear that they were.....guests.

John Fuller (c)1987
SUNY College-Oswego