There seems to be no doubt about it. Seneca Ray Stoddard, along with being a pretty darn good photographer, was quite a likable guy. “He had to be,” said Craig Williams, curator of history at the New York State Museum. “He’s always taking pictures of groups of people, and he must have had this wonderful ability to make people feel welcome and comfortable. That clearly comes through when you look at his photographs.” Many of the images Stoddard took while photographing the Adirondacks during his lifetime (1844-1917) are currently on display in an exhibit called “Seneca Ray Stoddard: Capturing the Adirondacks,” at the state museum’s Crossroads Gallery through Feb. 24, 2013.
New York State Museum - An 1882 photograph of the Horicon Sketching Club is part of the New York State Museum's exhibit called, “Seneca Ray Stoddard: Capturing the Adirondacks” at the museum's Crossroads Gallery.
New York State Museum - Seneca Ray Stoddard took this photograph of a tennis match at The Wayside Inn in Luzerne in the late 1880s. The image is part of the exhibition, “Seneca Ray Stoddard: Capturing the Adirondacks” at the New York State Museum.
New York State Museum - The ruins of Fort Ticonderog are clearly on display in this photograph taking by Seneca Ray Stoddard in 1882.
Image courtesy of New York State Library - Seneca Ray Stoddard, shown in this 1880 photograph, spent much of the second half of the 19th century photographing and writing about the Adirondacks.
Image courtesy of New York State Museum - This image of the Fort William Henry Hotel is part of exhibition “Seneca Ray Stoddard: Capturing the Adirondacks” at the New York State Museum.