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William James Stillman (June 1, 1828 – July 6, 1901) was an American journalist, diplomat, author, historian, and photographer. Educated as an artist, Stillman subsequently converted to the profession of journalism, working primarily as a war correspondent in Crete and the Balkans, where he served as his own photographer. For a time, he also served as United States consul in Rome, and afterward in Crete during the Cretan insurrections. He helped to train the young Arthur Evans as a war correspondent in the Balkans, and remained a lifelong friend and confidant of Evans. Later in life, he seriously considered taking over the excavation at Knossos from Minos Kalokairinos, who had been stopped from further excavation by the Cretan Assembly; he was, however, prevented from pursuing that goal further by a failure to obtain a firman, or permission, to excavate. Stillman wrote several books, one of which, his Autobiography of a Journalist, suggests that he viewed himself primarily as a writer.
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Stillman worked as a landscape painter in New York City from 1848 to 1858. In 1859, he produced a series of photographs on the Adirondack region. That same year, moved to Europe and from 1861 to 1865, he served as the American consul in Rome. During this period he produced a series of topographical and architectural photographs of Rome and Florence. From 1865 to 1868, Stillman served as the consul in Crete (now Greece). In 1869, he moved to Athens where he photographed the Acropolis, and produced an album of prints entitled "The Acropolis of Athens; Illustrated Picturesquely and Architecturally in Photography" (London, 1870). In 1870, Stillman moved to London, where he associated with the Pre-Raphaelite artists. In 1874, he travelled to the United States and photographed in Cambridge, Massachusetts and along the Charles River. From 1886 to 1898, Stillman became the London Times newspaper correspondent for Italy and Greece. In 1898 Stillman retired to Surrey, England, United Kingdom.
Artist, Consultant, Art Critic, Journalist, Painter, Photographer
William James Stillman, William J. Stillman, W. J. Stillman
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