John A. Todd

John A. Todd (1827-1899) was a pioneer photographer in California, working first from Sacramento and later from San Francisco. He was originally born in Westmoreland, England, and emigrated to America sometime in the late 1840s. In 1853, he moved to San Francisco to follow the Gold Rush, but shortly after his arrival, all his belongings were lost in a fire, prompting him to move to newly founded Sacramento, where he opened an upholstery shop. When this was destroyed by flooding in 1861, Todd shifted to photography, becoming the main pioneer photographer in town. In 1886, he moved to San Francisco, where he continued his career until his death.

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