Bryce, J. Fraser, 1852-1920

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Bryce, J. Fraser, 1852-1920

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        1852-1920

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        J. Fraser Bryce (1852-1920) was a Toronto photographer active between 1877 and 1909. He owned and managed two studios: Bryce Studios Co. and The Carbon Studio and was known for his carbon prints of high-society clientele.

        John Fraser Bryce was born in 1852 in Dundas Ontario to Scottish parents, William and Christiana (Fraser) Bryce. At age 25, he became assistant to Toronto photographer Thomas Hunter, rising to "leading operator". After a short stay in Toronto, Bryce moved to the United States where he worked for photographers C.C. Randall in Detroit and J.F. Ryder in Cleveland, Ohio.

        Bryce returned to Toronto in 1884 where he purchased Thomas Hunter's studio and photographic supplies business. In 1895 Bryce once again left for the United States where he travelled and worked with various photographers, learning and perfecting the carbon printing process. When he returned to Toronto in 1897 he established the The Carbon Studio at 79 King Street West and gained recognition for his carbon portraits of prominent people. His success eventually earned him the patronage of the Prince of Wales.

        From 1906 onwards, Bryce's standing as a photographer started to wane and by 1910, his name no longer appeared in muncipal and business directories of photographers working in Ontario. He returned to Dundas in 1912 where he spent the last 8 years of his life insitutionalized, succumbing to paralysis during his final years. He died March 18, 1920.

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