Elsie Holloway (1882-1971)
(From the Women's History Walking Tour Booklet)
Elsie Holloway, born in St. John's of well-educated parents, was one of the finest studio photographers in Newfoundland. She received much of her training from her father but also studied photography in England prior to World War I.
Seated in front: R. Anderson Squires, Elsie Holloway, Eva Macpherson le Sueur, Harold Tessier.
Middle Row: George Peters, Prof. Thesouin, Sally (March) Thesouin, Mrs. Stephen March, Mrs Holloway, Mrs. (Dr.) H. E. Kendall, Violette Macpherson, Flossie Ayres, Mrs. Claire (Edgar) Shirran, John Stein, Jessie Ayre, Charlie Lynne, Cyril Tessier, Will Shirran.
Top Row: Janie Snelgrove, Jean Ayre, Emma Ayre, Louise Bartlett.
In 1913, she established Holloway Studio of St. John's, in partnership with her brother, Bert, who died in 1916 in the war. Elsie specialized in portraits, and was known for her style and spirit in capturing spontaneity and mounting photographs in original ways. She also documented the departure of Amelia Earhart from Harbour Grace, and became adept at landscape photography. Elsie's work is acknowledged to be among the finest photography produced in Newfoundland. She retired and sold the Studio in 1946. Much of her work is preserved in The Rooms Provincial Museum Division and The Rooms Provincial Archives Division at The Rooms in St. John's.