Biography of Andrew Simson

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Simson, Andrew, Buffalo, is a rarely successful and accomplished photographer, who for many years has devoted his native talent and energy to the uninterrupted study and pursuit of his profession in all of its higher branches, the result being the achievement of a reputation second to that of no artist legitimately engaged in photography west of New York city. Mr. Simson has had practical experience, in his vocation, thus acquiring a knowledge of men and women and their tastes, which enables him to give a degree of satisfaction in pose, style and general effect seldom attained by photographers as a class. Mr. Simson is certainly entitled to great credit for the unsurpassed facilities afforded this city in photography. The mere statement that a man has been a successful photographer for over a quarter of a century, in one city, and prosecuting his work in one location, implies of itself the possession of rare and unusual abilities, and the implication is flush with the facts of the case in hand. For longer than the period mentioned Mr. Simson has done the cream of the business in the city of Buffalo, enjoying, for many years, the patronage of the most cultured class in this community. He was the first in this city, and among the first in this country, to recognize that photography is an art and a science as well as a trade, and that the mere posing of a subject before a photographic lens and the mechanical operation thereof is not all there is to learn. All his work bears the hail mark of the masters, and challenges competition by the union, which it exemplifies, of delicacy and strength. In conclusion it may be said, without fear of contradiction, that Andrew Simson stands and has always stood in the very front rank of his profession.


Source:
Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898

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