Backus, Morgan (Astoria)

Backus, Morgan (1869-1903) (Astoria)

Listed as being a photographer in Astoria in a 1889 directory. By 1890, a photographer named Wheeler appears to have succeeded him. Wheeler’s early photographs were made on Backus’ mounts, which had been overprinted with Wheeler’s signature. Later, Morgan Backus was the editor and publisher of the Pacific Coast Photographer, a monthly 20-36 page journal which was the official journal of the 400 member California Camera Club (formed 1890). He also wrote for Overland monthly and other journals.