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  • Snapshots of Nature: Tappan Gregory Nature Photography

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    Created: 7/26/2013      Updated: 9/2/2015

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    Portrait of Tappan Gregory

    Tappan Gregory

    Although he was a lawyer by training and practice, Tappan Gregory was also a nature photographer and supporter of the Chicago Academy of Sciences.  He served as the Honorary Curator of Mammals from 1930 to 1944 and contributed articles to Academy publications as well. We are fortunate to have the negatives of some of his photography, particularly those highlighting his use of wildlife “self-portrait” photography. While to us this kind of imaging seems a normal part of scientific exploration, while Gregory was working this kind of photography was very new and standardized equipment had not been developed yet.  Below is a small sampling of the images housed in the Museum’s collection.

    juvenile porcupine

    Juvenile Porcupine walking along ridge of boat, ca. 1907, Huron Mountain Club, Marquette, MI

    Diagram of photo trap

    Diagram of camera set-up for wildlife “self-portrait” photographs.

    Skunk with bait

    Skunk responding to bait.  October 18, 1928, Huron Mountain Club, Marquette, MI

    Black and White photo of a Franklin's ground squirrel

    Franklin’s Ground Squirrel, Waucaunda, Ill July 27, 1941

    Two fox kits

    Two Red Fox kits or pups caught on film.  May 13, 1941, Huron Mountain Club, Marquette, MI

    Amber King
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