Eminent ornithologist Frank M. Chapman began his 54-year career at the Museum in 1888. An avid birder from boyhood, Chapman went on to become an influential advocate for conservation.
His message was amplified by his pioneering use of photography and other visual images. An early and enthusiastic nature photographer (the first Kodak camera came to market only in 1888) Chapman owned an assortment of cameras, including this 5x7 Graflex original now on display in the reopened Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Hall.
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