The Daguerreian Society

Louis Mushro

Louis Anthony Mushro, 82 a lifelong Grosse Pointe Farms resident passed away peacefully April 21, 2014 after a long illness, at home with his long time companion Anne Flanagan. He was born in Detroit to Lebanese immigrants on July 28, 1931, the youngest of five children.

Louis Mushro

From a very young age Lou loved to perform. At Howe Military School Lou was a triple State of Indiana 1st prize winner in Dramatic, Humorous and Oratorical speeches, even beating actor James Dean in the Dramatic Speaking Division. He graduated from Wayne State University where he met his future wife, Anita Mushro. While at Wayne State he sang and played Captain Von Trapp in the Sound of Music as well as Hamlet, Macbeth and Crime and Punishment. For the following 12 years he sang every week as a soloist on the "Ernie Rennie Show at CKLW and the Bob Murphy Show on WJBK-TV. Lou and his partner Anne danced competitively in events like the Challenge of Champions and the Detroit International Ball often taking 1st prize. In his later years, he sang professionally in the Detroit area and Toronto, Canada and was considered one of the area's finest tenor vocalists.

In the 1960's and 1970's Lou ran the Northern Management Company which owned & managed hotels and apartment buildings throughout the Detroit metropolitan area. He was also an avid collector and was a lifetime member of the Manuscript Society and the Daguerrian Society. He enjoyed collecting of old manuscripts, photographs, autographs, artifacts and lockets of famous person's hair. In recent years, he became known as the leading authority on collectable historical hair. His first passion was collecting antique cars and even won the Concourse de Elegance in Meadow Brook, MI. He was an active member of several antique car clubs including the VMCCA, the Buick Club and the Packard Club. In the last several years, he drove his 1931 Packard and rare 1931 Hupmobile with his grandchildren in the annual Grosse Pointe Thanksgiving Parade. Lou especially enjoyed fishing with family whenever he had the chance. He treasured his familys and was a great inspiration to all of them. Anyone who had the good fortune of knowing Lou would tell you he had an incredible passion for life that was contagious. Lou was the true Reissuance man who lived life to its fullest right up to the day he passed.

He is survived by his first family former wife and lifelong friend Anita Mushro, their children Julie, Gregory (Sara), Mark (Nora), Amy (Billy) Rose and grandchildren Noelle and Dorothea Mushro, Derek and Lauren Mushro, Jameson and Olivia Rose. And his second family and long time partner Ann Flanagan, and her children Kathleen (Carlos), Susan (Rob), Michael and Mark and the extended Flanagan family. The funeral mass will be held Saturday, May 31st at 12:00 p.m. at Our Lady Star of the Sea, 467 Fairford Rd, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236 with a celebration of his life directly afterwards.


Lloyd Chester Wright

Lloyd Chester Wright died on May 19 after a long illness. He was 68. Born January 7, 1944, in Bay City, the son of the late Chester and Grace (Keeler) Wright, Lloyd graduated in 1962 from Midland High School, and later from the Rochester Institute of Technology, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in photography. He married Jill Timmer Vanderlaan in 1981.

Lloyd Chester Wright
A commercial photographer having worked as director of photography at Bradford-LaRiviere in Saginaw and Midland, he later opening his own studio, Lloyd C. Wright Photography, in Saginaw. Always an avid collector, Lloyd spent many hours searching for cameras and daguerreotypes, though nearly anything collectible caught his eye. He never passed up an auction or antique sale and was often found prowling The Antique Warehouse. Lloyd was a member of the Daguerreian Society, through which he had many friends.

Lloyd is survived by his wife, Jill; sons Timothy (Karen) Wright of Ann Arbor, Bradley (Helen) Wright of Charlotte, N.C., Jason (Beckey) Wright of Chardon, Ohio; and by seven grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Neal (Susan) Wright of Ann Arbor, and by his former wife, Ruth (Ken) Anderson of Saginaw. His stepfather, Elbert Hubbard of Midland predeceased him.

A memorial reception will be held from 1 to 4 on Saturday, June 2, 2012 in the Castle Room at Timbers, 6415 State Street, Saginaw, MI 48603, (989) 790-2345.

Those wishing to offer an expression of sympathy may wish to consider The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (http://www.theaftd.org/).

To contact the family: words@chartermi.net

The Daguerreian Society was honored having Lloyd C. Wright as a member of the Society for many years. His will be missed.


Wiley Devere Sanderson, Jr.

Wiley Devere Sanderson, Jr., pinhole photographer and Professor Emeritus of Art at the University of Georgia, died July 30, 2011, in Athens, Georgia.

Wiley Devere Sanderson, Jr.
Mr. Sanderson was born August 26, 1918, in Detroit, Michigan, to Wiley Dexter Sanderson and Frances Glee Benson. He received his first camera, a Kodak Brownie Box, when he was eight. In high school, he was an assistant instructor for Eastman Kodak.

He attended Olivet College and Mill College/New Bauhaus, where he studied with Lazlo Moholy-Nagy and Georgy Kepes. From 1940-1945, he served as Instrument Flying Instructor in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He completed his BFA in industrial design from Wayne State University in 1947, and completed his MFA in Metalwork at Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1949.

Wiley joined the art faculty at the University of Georgia in 1949 and taught for 40 years, retiring in 1989. He initiated the Weaving Textiles and Metal Works programs in the department. In 1953, he introduced Pinhole Photography, one of the first photography courses in the U.S. at the college level. In 1964, Sanderson became Area Chair of Photographic Design, and was replaced by four full-time faculty members in Fabric Design and Metalwork of Jewelry.

Mr. Sanderson photographed extensively in Italy, China, and Israel. His pinhole photographs are in numerous museums and collections, including the Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.), the Bibliotheque National (Paris, France), the American Academy (Rome, Italy), and the Royal Photographic Society and the Fox Talbot Museum (England). His photographs have been published nationally and internationally, most recently in the Smithsonian and on its website, in May 2000.

Sanderson was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Wiley Dexter Sanderson Jr.; his sister, Dorothea Sanderson Teets; and his first wife, Roz Nagle.

He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Mary Sayer Hammond, of Athens; his daughters, Sandra Bullock (Larry), of Brunswick, GA, Janet Johnson (Keith), of Marietta, GA, and Fran Wingfield (Terry), of Bethesda, MD; five grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

Mr. Sanderson was a family member of Beech Haven Baptist Church, Athens, GA. He had participated in three mission trips to Utah and Vermont, and sang bass in the Sanctuary Choir.

A memorial service was held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, October 7, 2011 at the Beech Haven Baptist Church, 2390 West Broad Street, Athens, GA. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Mr. Sanderson's name to the Idaho Mission Trip at Beech Haven Baptist Church.


John Scott Craig

Noted photo-journalist, photo-historian and Daguerreian author John Scott Craig died of cancer peacefully at home in Connecticut, Friday February 25, 2011.

John S. Craig
Born October 23, 1943 in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania to the late John S. Craig, II and Frances Craig (nee Gallagher), Craig graduated from the Shadyside Academy and went on to receive his BA from Wesleyan University in 1965. His interest in antique photography began about 1969; fueled from working as a photographer/reporter at the Hartford Courant while in college. After graduation, Craig spent another six years with The Courant, as well as owning his own retail camera store in Simsbury, and serving as a photographer with the Connecticut Army National Guard.

One of the first "professional" full-time dealers in photographica in this country, Craig published a catalog in 1970 and inadvertently became a photographic historian. Craig was the Founding President of the New England Photographic Historical Society. He was active before SHUTTERBUG magazine's publication, and then wrote a column for them, opining about the various collector's shows around the country.

Highlights of Craig's career came in three interviews and photo sessions with the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and a 1960s/1970s interview with the hugely controversial figure, Timothy Leary. During the August 1967 racial violence that erupted in New Haven CT, Craig was deployed to cover the unrest with a camera. Craig's logo of the early photographer standing behind his camera, with the dark cloth over his head, was registered as his world-wide trademark in 1973. For years he has attended collector's shows from coast to coast; been the subject of mention in Popular Photography, The Rangefinder, Camera and Darkroom, and numerous other publications.

As a photographic dealer, he carried more than 155,000 instruction booklets for thousands of cameras, accessories and projectors; and nearly 10,000 other interesting photography items. As early as 1971, Craig published reprints of early photographic catalogs, usable and classic camera instruction booklets, and worthwhile camera repair manuals.

The distinguished Craig's Daguerreian Registry, the acknowledged reference work among dealers and collector's for identifying and dating the more than 12,000 photographers, who worked in the United States prior to 1860, was published in 1994 with subsequent editions.

Craig began attending collector's shows and flea markets in the early 1970's. Professionally, he was a faithful attendee and dealer at the annual Daguerreian Society Symposiums, most recently in Atlanta. In 2007, the Daguerreian Society awarded Craig its first Fellowship Award, inscribed with these words: For the advancement of scholarship in the field of photo history and the willingness to share that knowledge with his contemporaries and future generation of historians, scholars and collectors.

Survived by his beloved wife, the Hon. Joyce Krutick Craig (Ret.), Craig was the devoted father of Samuel Walker Craig of Hawaii, step-son Ian Barlow and wife Heather Tasker Barlow of Washington DC, and doting grandfather to Harper Isabel Barlow. His daughter, Sarah Theresa Craig predeceased him in 1996. A celebration of Craig's life will be held at his home in the early summer. His wife is in charge of arrangements.

John's family has suggested donations in his memory be made to The Daguerreian Society, PO Box 306, Cecil, PA 15321-0306 (you may also use the PayPal "Donate" button here), or to The Lymphoma Research Foundation, 115 Broadway, Suite 1301, New York, NY 10006.