Stark, Henry (unknown–unknown)

By: Lawrence A. Landis

Type: Biography

Published: June 1, 1995

Henry Stark, documentary photographer, was probably the son of Henry and Eva Stark and was probably born in St. Louis, Missouri. In 1895 he came to Texas and during the winter traveled throughout the state taking photographs. He is believed to be the first photographer to have made an extensive photographic record of Texas. In 1896 many of Stark's Texas photographs appeared in The Texarkana Gateway to Texas and the Southwest, printed by the Woodward and Tiernan Printing Company of St. Louis and issued jointly by the Iron Mountain Route, the Cotton Belt Route, the Texas and Pacific Railway, and the International-Great Northern Railroad. Stark later assembled an album of 255 of his Texas photographs with legends and labeled it "Views in Texas. These Photographs Were Made in the Winter of 1895–96 by Henry Stark, St. Louis, Mo." The only extant exemplar of this album is today housed at the Dallas Historical Society. A selection of photographs from Stark's album, with a historical commentary by A. C. Greene, was published in 1974 as Views In Texas, 1895–96. A photographer named Stark is credited for the photographs in another 1896 publication printed by Woodward and Tiernan, Views on the Mississippi Between St. Louis and New Orleans, Taken from an Anchor Line Steamer, September, 1896. Henry Stark is credited as the photographer for the company's 1898 publication, The Heart of the South: Along the Line of the Atlanta and West Point Railroad and Western Railway of Alabama. Henry Stark was probably the brother of George Stark (ca. 1871–1946), a native of St. Louis and the first photographer to work for the St. Louis Globe Democrat.

  • Visual Arts
  • Photography

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Lawrence A. Landis, “Stark, Henry,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 23, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

June 1, 1995