Wikipedia entry
William Herman Rau (January 19, 1855 – November 19, 1920) was an American photographer who was active primarily in the latter half of the 19th and early 20th centuries. He is best remembered for his stereo cards of sites around the world, and for his panoramic photographs of sites along the Pennsylvania Railroad.He was the official photographer of the St. Louis World's Fair in 1904, and of the Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition in Portland in 1905. His work is now included in the collections of the Smithsonian Institution and the Getty Museum.
Information from Wikipedia, made available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License
Getty record
Born 19 January 1855; died 19 November 1920. In 1874 Rau obtained a position with the United States Government Expedition to document the transit of Venus. In 1877 he formed a partnership with his father-in-law William Bell, a survey photographer. Rau purchased Bell's stereograph company in 1877, and operated it under his own name until it was purchased by Underwood and Underwood in 1901. In 1881 Rau photographed in Colorado and New Mexico. He also travelled to Egypt to photograph monuments in the 1880s. Rau was appointed in 1890 as the official photographer of the Pennsylvania Railroad, and appointed in 1895 as the official photographer of the LeHigh Valley Railroad to document views along their lines. Rau also photographed the Johnstown, Pennsylvania flood and the 1904 Baltimore fire. He was associated with the Photographic Society of Philadelphia, the American Lantern Slide Interchange, the Photographic Exchange Club of Philadelphia and the Detroit Publishing Company. American landscape photographer, Philadelphia.
Artist, Photographer
William Herman Rau, William H. Rau, William Rau, W. H. Rau, Willem Henry Rau
Information from Getty’s Union List of Artist Names ® (ULAN), made available under the ODC Attribution License


4 works online



  • Photography at MoMA: 1840–1920 Hardcover, 376 pages

If you would like to reproduce an image of a work of art in MoMA’s collection, or an image of a MoMA publication or archival material (including installation views, checklists, and press releases), please contact Art Resource (publication in North America) or Scala Archives (publication in all other geographic locations).

MoMA licenses archival audio and select out of copyright film clips from our film collection. At this time, MoMA produced video cannot be licensed by MoMA/Scala. All requests to license archival audio or out of copyright film clips should be addressed to Scala Archives at [email protected]. Motion picture film stills cannot be licensed by MoMA/Scala. For access to motion picture film stills for research purposes, please contact the Film Study Center at [email protected]. For more information about film loans and our Circulating Film and Video Library, please visit

If you would like to reproduce text from a MoMA publication, please email [email protected]. If you would like to publish text from MoMA’s archival materials, please fill out this permission form and send to [email protected].


This record is a work in progress. If you have additional information or spotted an error, please send feedback to [email protected].