RYDER, JAMES F. (7 Apr. 1826-2 June 1904), photographer locally best known for encouraging
In 1868, Ryder introduced negative retouching to the U.S., paying the passage for Prof. Karl Leutgib from the Munich Academy to teach him the new process. As a result, Ryder received an award at a photography show in Boston in 1869. In 1872, Archibald Willard sent 2 paintings to Ryder's shop to be framed. Ryder displayed the paintings, and they became so popular he decided to make chromolithograph copies of the works, which became bestsellers across the country. Ryder encouraged Willard to paint The Spirit of '76 for the Centennial Exhibition. Ryder also photographed several U.S. presidents, most notably Pres. Garfield. Retiring in 1894, he produced his autobiography, Voightlander and I, in 1902. This was one of few autobiographical accounts produced by a 19th-century photographer. Ryder married Susan Park in 1852; they had no children. Ryder died in Cleveland and was buried in
Ryder, James F. Voightlander and I (1902).