There seems to be no doubt about it. Seneca Ray Stoddard, along with being a pretty darn good photographer, was quite a likable guy.
“He had to be,” said Craig Williams, curator of history at the New York State Museum. “He’s always taking pictures of groups of people, and he must have had this wonderful ability to make people feel welcome and comfortable. That clearly comes through when you look at his photographs.”
Many of the images Stoddard took while photographing the Adirondacks during his lifetime (1844-1917) are currently on display in an exhibit called “Seneca Ray Stoddard: Capturing the Adirondacks,” at the state museum’s Crossroads Gallery through Feb. 24, 2013.