|Active Dates:||circa 1871 - circa 1933|
North and Central America (continent)
Saint John's (inhabited place)
Harbour Grace (inhabited place)
|Photographs:||See list of photographs|
|Publications:||Parsons published a number of works.|
|Related Entries:||None found.|
S.H. Parsons and Sons was a commercial photographic company based in Saint John's, Newfoundland.
Simeon H. Parsons was born in 1844 in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland. He was the son of John Charles Parsons, a fisherman. Parsons originally worked as a cabinet maker and upholsterer in Harbour Grace. In 1866 he married Isabella Robbins and eventually had seven children. In 1871 he converted the top floor of his business into a studio and began working as a photographer. He moved to St John's in November 1872, entering a partnership with Sherburn T. McKenney. By 1875 Parsons had opened his own business at 310 Water Street. In 1876 he went on a study tour of America, learning more about the art of photography. He exhibited his photographs in Europe and, in the 1888 international exhibition in Barcelona, won a silver medal and a diploma of merit. Parsons died of stomach cancer in March 1908. His business was continued by his sons until 1933 (Cook 1994, p.815).