Connon, Thomas, 1832-1899

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Connon, Thomas, 1832-1899

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        1832-1999

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        Thomas Connon (1832-1899) was a professional photographer active in Elora, Ontario between 1859 and 1899.

        Thomas Connon was born in Scotland in 1832, and emigrated to Canada in 1852, settling in Elora, Ontario. Connon developed an interest in art early in his life and did a number of drawings and paintings. In 1851, after reading about developments in photography at the Great London Exhibition, Connon began to take photographs. In 1859 he developed an interest in commercial photography, operating out of his Elora general store. Connon sold the store in 1867 and returned to Europe, visiting family in Scotland and attending the Paris Exhibition. After returning to Elora, Connon focused exclusively on photography. He opened a studio, built cameras and in 1881 invented a roll holder for cameras, which was a significant contribution to the transition from glass plate to film negatives and later incorporated into George Eastman's Kodak camera. Connon died in 1899.

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