Manitoba Photographers: Margaret Jane “Nellie” Bryant (c1864-1947)

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Born at Iroquois, Ontario on 2 October 1864 (or possibly 1865), she intended to become a school teacher but a photographer saw some sketches she had made and offered to teach her photograph retouching methods. This led to a life-long career as a photographer. She started doing tintype and daguerrotype photos at Morrisburg, Augustburg, and the Thousand Islands. After working at a studio in the Thousand Islands for seven years, she started her own studio at Iroquois, later moving to Brockville. In 1901, following her marriage, she moved to Winnipeg with her salesman husband, Harry H. Bryant, and opened Bryant’s photographic studio on Fort Street. She is alleged to be the first photographer to use dry plates in a camera. She died at Winnipeg on 14 July 1947 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.

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211 Fort Street, Winnipeg

1903 to 1904

296½ Main Street, Winnipeg


See Bryant’s Studio, 1905


“First woman photographer in west celebrates birthday,” Winnipeg Free Press, 30 September 1946. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9]

“Mrs. H. H. Bryant dies, aged 82,” Winnipeg Free Press, 16 July 1947, page 7.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 16 January 2017

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