Joseph Saxton Gallery of Photography

The Joseph Saxton Gallery draws inspiration from a rich heritage of innovation and ideals in the arts, sciences, and architecture.

The Joseph Saxton Gallery of Photography is one of the country’s newest premier photography galleries and unique in Northeast Ohio. A venue dedicated solely to photography is a rare find, let alone one on this scale. The gallery space is the result of nearly a year’s renovations to the century-old A.H. Wilson Building (1909) yielding the handsomely appointed display area so perfectly suited for showcasing master photography. The collection holds landmark works by more than 160 lensmen and spans the entire breadth and history of the photographic medium.

From early dagguerotypes and tintypes to modern giclée prints; from Atget and Nadar to McCurry and Salgado, you will find it all here.

Our Practices: We employ the strictest measures in curating and displaying our collection. Every piece we sell carries a sound provenance and has been photographed and carefully documented before being enclosed. Our enclosures are of the highest quality with 100% alpha rag matting, archival mounting and sealing, and are glazed with Museum Glass, the clearest and most protective glass available. We use only color calibrated lighting and our windows have all been laminated with UV protective film to reduce wear on prints while on display. We are so confident in our practices that we back every piece sold with an unconditional money back guarantee.

Who Was Joseph Saxton?

Credited with revolutionary designs in locomotive engineering, weights and measures, and even the fountain pen, Joseph Saxton is true pioneer among American inventors. Not the least of his contributions to science was the first extant daguerrotype made in the United States. Serving as a foundation for American photography, Saxton’s image of the Philadelphia Central High School was originally captured using a cigar box and glass lens, then developed with mercury heated in a spoon. Although Joseph spent his life in Pennsylvania, the Saxton family is rooted in Canton, Ohio. Joseph’s brother Jon founded The Repository, Canton’s first newspaper, and Ida Saxton married into the McKinley family. The Saxton house, not far from the Joseph Saxton Gallery, was later renovated and became the National First Ladies Museum.

The A.H. Wilson Building

The Joseph Saxton Gallery of Photography makes its home in the historic A.H. Wilson Building in Canton’s Arts District. Built in 1909, the space was originally a Cadillac dealership and boasted the ability to house up to 300 cars. When it was built the 13,000 square foot first floor was the largest single free span space between New York and Chicago. After the owner died the property was converted into a parking garage, remaining as such for more than 80 years until Tim Belden had the vision to reinvent the garage into the incredible display space it is today.

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