photo by william parker little "Negative #683"

William Little, Silver Print, $300
Negative #683 © Paul Hooge

WILLIAM LITTLE (conclusion)

William Little continued his now successful banking career and sometime early in the 1890's started taking photographs of the children. Photography soon became William Little's passion, one he continued to pursue until after he was 80 years old. He was active in several camera clubs in the area and in later years became friends with Don McAlister prior to McAlister's establishment of his photography store business. The Little's traveled extensively throughout the United States and in Canada, Alaska and Europe. Everywhere they went Williams Little's camera went along. Although there were beautiful images produced from all of these trips, some of Little's work was done in and around Columbus. After work and on weekends, he would go on excursions either with friends, family or by himself looking for places to make pictures.

Alene Little's most vivid recollections of her father were of him with his camera, or in his darkroom. Both Alene and her older sister Helen learned photography from their father as is indicated by the quality of the images that both girls produced. Helen taught photography at summer camp in Canada. Alene went on to become a musician and an athlete the Wellesley College rowing team win their league championship in 1922. Alene's photographic record of her summer camp experiences, canoe trips, and later her travels and teaching experiences in Turkey are a treasure in themselves.

William Little continued his banking career until age 75 when he finally retired as vice president of the Hunnington National Bank. Late in his life Little began to exhibit his work in photographic salons throughout the country. We know for certain that between 1924 and 1931 his work appeared at exhibitions in Indiana, Ohio, California, Wisconsin, New Jersey, Texas, Oregon, and Washington State. From November 1-29 of 1931 William Little had two prints hung in the Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts. This was an inaugural exhibition for the new art museum. The exhibition was produced under the auspices of the Camera Pictorialist of Columbus and included images selected from among the best pictorialists in Ohio. -Paul Hooge pictures continue