Camera Workers, 1858-1950

The British Columbia, Alaska and Yukon Photographic Directory, 1858-1950

Artona Studio[1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16]

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  • Name Artona Studio  
    • VARIANT NAMES: Artona Studios; Artona Photo Studio; Artona Portrait Studio.
    Gender Unknown 
    Business Address/Year Sep 1908-1913  Vancouver, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    406 Homer St.
    corner Hastings St. (O'Brien Hall)
    Vancouver, BC
    Business Address/Year 1914-1921  Vancouver, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    938 Robson St.
    Vancouver, BC
    Business Address/Year 1922-1950  Vancouver, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Continued past 1950 
    833 Granville St.
    Vancouver, BC
    Association Chapman, James F. (Relationship: Employee) 
    Association Krass, Norman E. (Relationship: Assistant; photographer) 
    Association Devoe, Dona Donelda (Relationship: Assistant; photographer; finisher?) 
    Association Ramsay, Colin Cameron (Relationship: Photographer) 
    Association MacKenzie, Alexander L. (Relationship: Photographer) 
    Association Dennison, Paul (Relationship: Proprietor; Manager) 
    Association Hay, David Chisholm (Relationship: Photographer) 
    Association Rowe, Percy William (Relationship: Proprietor) 
    Association Nielsen, Herman Bernard (Relationship: Proprietor) 
    Association Stewart, Alfred (Relationship: Photographer) 
    Association Cartmel, Frederick Warren (Relationship: Proprietor) 
    Association Butcher, Percy Adams (Relationship: Proprietor) 
    Person ID I610  Camera Workers | A, vol. 2, 1901-1950
    Last Modified 14 Sep 2021 

  • Documents
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  • Notes 
    • STATUS: Studio.
    • BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: The studio opened in Sep 1908 and was located under the O'Brien Hall at Homer and Hastings streets, with the entrance on Homer. There appear to be no references to the existence of the studio in the city directories between 1908 and 1910. The studio was managed by H.B. Nielsen between 1911-1916, Paul Dennison from 1917-1923, P.W. Rowe from 1924 to 1943, P.A. Butcher from 1944 to 1946(?) and F.W. Cartmel from 1948-1950.
      The Artona Studio is still operated in 2021 by the Artona Group Inc. (
    • IDENTIFYING MARKS: "Artona Studio, Hastings & Homer, Vancouver, B.C." on mount.

  • Sources 
    1. [S45] COLLECTION: BVAA.
      Artona Studios fonds; URL (accessed 29 Aug 2019):

    2. [S627] (Vancouver) World, (Vancouver: World), 31 Aug 1908, 16.
      Notice of opening on 1 Sep 1908.

    3. [S627] (Vancouver) World, (Vancouver: World), 15 Dec 1908.
      Notice of photos as Christmas gifts.

    4. [S651] (Vancouver) Sun (Newspaper), 6 Sep 1924, 3.
      "Artona Studio Display Proves Artistic One"

    5. [S795] HENVAN11, (Vancouver: Henderson Publishing, 1911), 148.
      Vancouver: "Artona Studio, 406 Homer, Cor. Hastings, Photographers, Copying, Enlarging, Etc., Films Developed and Printed, (See class. Photographers)"

    6. [S797] HENVAN12, (Vancouver: Henderson Publishing, 1912), 535.
      Vancouver: "Artona Studio Herman B Neilsen prop 406 Homer"

    7. [S747] HENVAN14, (Vancouver: Henderson Directory Co., 1914), 619.
      Vancouver: Artona Studio Herman B Neilsen prop 938 Robson

    8. [S741] WRI21, (Vancouver, BC: Wrigley Directories, c1921), 711.
      Vancouver: Artona Photo Studio Paul Denison prop 938 Robson

    9. [S754] HENVAN21, (Vancouver: Henderson Directory Co., 1921).
      Vancouver: not listed but Paul Dennison operating at 938 Robson St.

    10. [S742] WRI22, (Vancouver, BC: Wrigley Directories, c1922), 779.
      Vancouver: Artona Studio Paul Denison prop 833 Granville

    11. [S755] HENVAN22, (Vancouver: Henderson Directory Co., 1922), 459.
      Vancouver: Artona Studio Paul Denison prop photographers 833 Granville

    12. [S809] WRI23, (Vancouver: Wrigley Directories, 1923), 893.
      Vancouver: Artona Studio P Denison prop 833 Granville

    13. [S756] HENVAN23, (Vancouver: Henderson Directory Co., 1923), 528.
      Vancouver: not listed

    14. [S757] WRI24, (Vancouver: Wrigley Directories, 1924).
      Vancouver: not listed, but p. 1048: Rowe Percy W prop Artona Studioh 2225 Cambridge

    15. [S758] WRI25, (Vancouver: Wrigley Directories, 1925), 613.
      Vancouver: Artona Studio (F W Rowe) photog 833 Granville

    16. [S763] WRI30, (Vancouver: Wrigley Directories, 1930), 683.
      Vancouver: Artona Studio (P W Rowe) 833 Granville