I am working on a book about the life and photography of Coleman Isaac Ogg, my great grandfather. He was born in Rockcastle County, Kentucky, on September 19, 1855. He died in December, 1950. He began taking pictures sometime around 1875 to 1880. First he made tintypes..and then, later glass plate negatives. Initially he traveled around, through Eastern and Central Kentucky, taking photos as he went, and developing them in a collapsible room....which he built onto a farm wagon, telescopic, his own design. He made many, many photos. They are in collections throughout Kentucky and across the entire U.S. I am searching for photos/images that I've not seen. Often his pictures were unmarked. He was humble and not terribly concerned about getting credit for his work. Some are labeled "Ogg Studio", some C. I. Ogg, some may be marked "Center St. Berea, Ky", or Lancaster Ky, or London, Ky, even Reedsville, Ky. He may have even ventured into North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. I can't rule that out.
He took many, many portraits, both casual and in the studio. He often photographed families in front of their home...often a rustic cabin. He took many pictures of people doing handicrafts, or the basic every day tasks essential to survival in the mountains in the 19th Century. Around the turn of the century he worked mainly in Berea, but most likely continued to travel around by horse and wagon and later by car.
Any Ogg descendants who may have photos taken by Coleman (aka Coley) Ogg...I would love to see scans of them and possibly include them in my book. He often sent photos to family who lived in other states. I have a letter where a cousin writes to him from Nebraska (Fanny Ogg McCashland) to thank him for the photos he sent to her family.
my goal is to identify as many of his pictures as possible and publish a book of his work. This will help to establish him as an important Appalachian/American photographer, so that in the future when more of his work is uncovered it can be properly identified based on the work I have done.
thanks for your interest, and I hope to hear from more Ogg famly members soon.:)
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