Does anyone have information on photographer D. C. Smith of Bismarck, North Dakota? I only found this newspaper clipping in The Bismarck Tribune of July 11th, 1873:
The expedition mentioned must be Col. Stanley´s Yellowstone expedition, which started in June 1873 in an attempt to develop a railroad through today´s Montana. William Pywell was hired as photographer instead of Smith.
The reason I ask is, we´ve had an amazing group photo of Hidatsa Indians in another thread
"D. C. Smith, photographer, who has been with Hamilton & Hoyt, has left the city to accompany the Yellowstone expedition for the purpose of taking negatives of scenes worth notice on that trip." (Sioux City Journal, May 21, 1873).
Also notice that the CDV above of Crow's Breast was originally published by James H. Hamilton, of Sioux City, Iowa (I am not certain whether the portrait was taken by Bryon H. Gurnsey or by Hamilton, who bought Gurnsey out). This image was later pirated and reprinted by a number of different photographers, including D. S. Mitchell and D. C. Smith.
D. C. Smith is listed in St. Paul in the studio of Smith & Soderburg.
According to Carl Mautz's list of western photographers, a photographer named D. C. Smith operated in Blair, NE in 1879-80 and in Omaha from 1884 to 1893.
I suggested yesterday that Bobtail Bull is as well in the group photo by D.C. Smith and I am thankful that Koos made another collage, not only with Bobtail Bull, but also seemingly with the shirt he´s wearing, found by a member of the Plains Indians Seminar Yahoo group at the Morning Star Gallery: