David F. Barry Exhibit

David F. Barry Exhibit

“Little Shadow Catcher”

photo of david francis barry
David Francis Barry; Mar 6, 1854 – Mar 6, 1934

David F. Barry was one of the premiere photographers that captured the Dakota Territories, it’s inhabitants such as Sitting Bull and Buffalo Bill Cody as well as the sights and people of the Twin Ports.

Barry arrived in the Dakota Territory in 1878, joining his photographer mentor Orlando Scott Goff. Goff sold his business interests to Barry in the mid-1880s.

The Lakota people nicknamed him “Little Shadow Catcher”. In 1890 Barry moved to Superior Wisconsin where he would operate a photography business until 1897. From 1897 until 1898 Barry had business success in New York City, however, he longed for the West. After visiting friends in Duluth MN and Superior WI, he returned to live in Superior in 1898 for the remainder of his life.