Harold Taylor Photography

Page last updated: September 22, 2019

All glass plate photographs by Harold A. Taylor. Digital images copyright © 2019 by Pinyon Publishing. No reproduction without permission.

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“A tall, thin man … friendly but quiet … artistic with a camera … and he loved flowers.”

—Description of Taylor by William T. Elliott (1911-2002), San Diego area photographic business partner



In 1878, Harold A. Taylor was born in Croydon, a growing town in south London. In 1896, he left England and settled in Bakersfield, California.

From 1902-1907, Taylor photographed Yosemite, operating out of his Studio of Three Arrows in Yosemite Valley.

In 1912, Taylor moved to Coronado, where he lived, worked in photography, and established the Coronado Floral Association with his wife Maud. When he started retiring, Harold and Maud moved to El Cajon where they cultivated a half-acre Victorian flower garden on their dear little hill, their “Lomita Querida.” He died in 1960 at the age of 81.

Taylor’s photographic business partner, William T. Elliott, received many of Taylor’s glass plate negatives. William’s son, Robert Lake Elliott, who lived near Yosemite from 1971-2015, is working with Pinyon and Yosemite photographer and historian, Leroy Radanovich, to preserve, digitize, and explore Taylor’s work.


Historical Yosemite captured in stunning detail and light.



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