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Ben Maxey collection

Identifier: AG 112

Scope and Contents

The Ben Maxey collection consists of three folders in one box. Housed in folder one are newspaper advertisements for Maxey’s studio. Folder two contains a typed list of facial expressions for glamour photography, while folder three holds thirty-two black and white photographs of female models in “glamour” poses.


  • undated


Language of Materials

Material in English

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Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical Note

Ben Maxey was born in Illinois and raised in Kansas where he graduated from Kansas State University. He was mainly a traveling salesman until him and his wife, Lois Rogers, moved to Tucson, Arizona around 1950 and he pursued his lifelong dream of opening his own photo studio. First Maxey acquired the camera store and photo department of a local photography store, later taking over the portrait studio and photofinishing department. In 1960 he opened Ben Maxey Portrait Studios and remained there until his retirement in 1969. He continued to photograph until his death in 1987.


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This collection contains papers and photographic materials of Benjamin T. “Ben” Maxey, Tucson studio photographer (circa 1900-1987). Included are Maxey's newspaper advertisements, notes on facial expressions, and 8 x 10 inch black and white photographs used as samples of "glamour photography." Maxey studied with the California photographer William Mortensen. The collection is inactive.


The Collection is arranged into the following series:

  1. Series 1: Advertisements, n.d., 1 folder
  2. Series 2: Notes, n.d., 1 folder
  3. Series 3: Photographs, n.d., 1 folder

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Alfred Mikesall, 1987.

Related Materials

CCP has several archival collections containing materials documenting the life and career of William Mortensen. Researchers are invited to consult:

  1. William Mortensen archive (AG147)
  2. William Mortensen & George Dunham collection (AG43)
  3. William Mortensen miscellaneous acquisitions collection (AG191)

In addition, CCP has collections acquired from a number of Mortensen’s students:

  1. Robert Balcomb (AG180)
  2. Anson Beman (AG185)
  3. Richard Bennet (AG191)
  4. R. H. Cochran, Jr. (AG191)
  5. Ralph D. Hosenpud (AG227)
  6. Ben Maxey (AG112)
  7. Grey Silva (AG134)

CCP also has collections related to other photographers from the Pictorialist tradition:

  1. Paul Anderson (AG40)
  2. Aubrey Bodine (AG139)
  3. Adolf Fassbender (AG168)
  1. The Arizona Historical Society also has a photographic collection for Ben Maxey (PC 207).


  • Benjamin T. “Ben” Maxey photographic collection. PC 207. Arizona Historical Society, Tucson, Arizona.

Processing Information

Finding aid updated by Meghan Jordan in May 2016 and by Tai Huesgen in November 2020.

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Repository Details

Part of the Center for Creative Photography Archives Repository

1030 N. Olive RD
Tucson Arizona 85721 United States