One of the Pacific Northwest’s pioneer photographers, Lawrence Denny Lindsley, left a legacy of his work of nearly eight decades that is recounted in the history magazine Columbia’s summer edition.
The grandson of one of Seattle’s founders, David Denny, Lindsley came to Lake Chelan in 1908 to help with his father’s ranch on 25-Mile Creek, which the father had bought six years earlier.
Lindsley spent years there on photo trips into the wilderness, using three horses: one for the camp, one for the camera gear, and the third to ride. His large camera used glass plates to carry the image, which he would develop at his own studio at the ranch. More than a hundred of his glass negatives have found a home at the Chelan museum, donated by the Isenhart family.
I know that Don Isenhart had them, passed them to his son Jerry, who donated them to the museum. The article notes that Lindsley’s mother painted and published poetry in the Chelan newspapers, but died prematurely in 1915.
Lindsley was hired by the Great Northern Railway to accompany writer Mary Roberts Rinehart in 1916 as a trail guide in the Chelan wild lands.
He moved to the west side, making great scenic photos of Mount Rainier and other places, developed slide shows for public viewing. He died in 1975.