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St. John's, Newfoundland, 1882
St. John's, Newfoundland, 1971
Biography synopsis
Daughter of an amateur photographer, Elsie Holloway and other members of her family opened Holloway Studios, a portrait studio, in St. John's after her father's death. Holloway also kept the studio open after her brother's death and became well known for her skill in photographing children. She also took her camera into the field, photographing the Newfoundland landscape and various important local events, such as Amelia Earhart's departure for her first transatlantic solo flight from nearby Harbour Grace. Holloway retired in 1946 and a large collection of her photographs are held in the Public Archives of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Media used
File & Archive locations
George Street United Church Archives, NL
Public Archives of Newfoundland and Labrador
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives
Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada, ON
Memorial University of Newfoundland - Archives and Special Collections Division
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC

Writings about
"Woman of the Week." St. John's Evening Telegram 19 Jan. 1946: 8
Gough, Ruby. Robert Edwards Holloway: Newfoundland Educator, Scientist, Photographer, 1874-1904 Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2005
Jones, Laura. Rediscovery: Canadian Women Photographers 1841-1941, May 13th-June 27th, 1983. London, Ontario: London Regional Art Gallery, 1983
McGrath, Antonia. Newfoundland Photography 1849-1949 St. John's, Newfoundland: Breakwater Books, 1980
McGrath, Antonia. "Elsie Holloway, Newfoundland." Canadian Woman Studies / Les cahiers de la femme 2.3 (1980): 42-43
Skidmore, Colleen. Rare Merit: Women in Photography in Canada, 1840-1940 Vancouver, B.C.: UBC Press, 2022

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