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    Evans was active from 1915 to 1922. Died October, 1922. It's possible that Edgeworth took over as head photographer at the Evans Studio at that time. The studio stayed in business until the late 20s. Any photo with the Evans LA signature was most likely taken by Evans himself. Any photo with the Evans Studio signature was not taken by Evans and either dates from Evans' times away from the studio (late 1918 and early 1922) or from after his death. Evans was employed as the head of Sennett's stills department from March 1917 until late 1918. Any bathing beauty photos taken after that were by other photographers. Also took similar photos for both Fox and Christie studios.

LA: George Cannons, Evans  Dec 15, '09 3:18 AM
by Vlad for group historicalziegfeld #203

George F Cannons
Time Period: 1920s-1930s (?)
Location: Los Angeles (?)

"did most of Sennett's stills from at least as early 1923 according to Steve Rydzewski."

“A few photographers had tight professional relationships with directors such as George Cannons who worked primarily for Mack Sennett.”
© David S. Shields



Evans, LA
Nelson Frazer Evans
Fred Edgeworth
Time Period: 1920 (?)
Location: Los Angeles (?)

Nelson Frazer Evans
“a master of the headshot portrait, Evans also created the genre of cheesecake photography with his early seaside full body portraits of the Sennett Bathing Beauties.”
© David S. Shields

“The Film Daily 1928 Yearbook lists more than three dozen independent photographers working in Los Angeles and supporting the rapidly growing film industry. One name that does not appear on the list is Nelson Evans who was among Hollywood's first photographers. Kobal examined Evans's career in detail in his book Hollywood: The Years of Innocence. Recorded working by 1915, within a decade Evans had vanished; Kobal did not speculate on the reason but merely asked, "Who was he? What happened to him?" Evans left an extraordinary photographic legacy, recording Hollywood at work and at play, making portraits as well as photographing the ever changing city of Los Angeles. Pickford and Swanson were among his subjects as were the first cowboy stars Tom Mix and William S. Hart.”


Fred Edgeworth
for Nelson Evans
"He was a still photographer in Hollywood from 1909 until sometime after 1921, when he went to work for Evans Studio. He worked for Laemmle (sp?) and several other directors but the work was too sporadic for a family man so he went to work for Evans."
© Jeanne (opie_jeanne)



Catalog of copyright entries, Library of Congress Copyright Office, 1919.

K = 15 September 1918
E = 22 October 1918

Claire Anderson
K 6, 19, 30

Rose Carter
K 2, 12, 20, 27

Claire Anderson + Rose Carter
K 9, 15, 22, 29

Harriet Hammond
E 3, 4, 13, 15, 24

Harriet Hammond + Virginia Warwick
E 6, 22

Harriet Hammond + Virginia Warwick + Phyllis Haver
E 11, 29

Virginia Warwick + Phyllis Haver
E 12

Phyllis Haver
E 5, 8, 9, 16, 17, 19, 21, 23

Lillian Langston
K 7, 23

Lillian Langston + Edith Roberts
K 28

Edith Roberts
K 11

Maude Wayne
K 1

Marie Prevost
E 1, 7

Myrtle Reeves
K 3, 14

Virginia Warwick
E 10, 14, 18, 20

Roxy McGowan + Mary Thurman
E 28

Mary Thurman + Marie Prevost
E 2

Virginia Warwick + Marie Prevost + Vera Steadman
E 26

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