Arthur P. Bedou
born in 1882, was a well-known photographer throughout his long career (he died in 1966). In 1914 he advertised his services, saying that photographs “ are always especially treasured and looked upon with tenderness as constant reminders of happy days.” Besides taking pictures, Bedou experimented with his own unique chemistry and developing techniques. He was known for his portraits and landscapes but also served as an institutional photographer for colleges. Because he was the official photographer for Xavier University, the school holds the largest collection of Bedou’s work says archivist Sullivan.
According to Sullivan, “Bedou was hired to be Booker T. Washington’s traveling photographer in the last speaking engagements he had all throughout the south.” Xavier today holds many of those pictures.