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Albert Knox Dawson was born in Vincennes, Indiana, on 20 September 1885. He was the oldest son of Thomas A. Dawson and Lida T. Knox. His father was a local bank officer and real estate manager.
At an early age, Dawson began experimenting with taking pictures. Out of his fascination with photography grew a professional career as a cameraman. In 1912, Dawson started his photographic firm Brown & Dawson which was based in Stamford, Connecticut.
From November 1914 until February 1916, Dawson was a photographer at the European front. His regular news pictures were distributed through Underwood & Underwood. His documentary films were released by the American Correspondent Film Company. Dawson contributed to the following motion pictures: The Battle and Fall of Przemysl, The Battles of A Nation, System - The Secret of Success, Friends and Foes, and The Warring Millions/Fighting Germans. He was attached to the German, Austrian and Bulgarian armies.
"Shooting the Great War. Albert Dawson and the American Correspondent Film Company, 1914-1918", Film History 2 (1990), 123-129.
"Film Flashes of the European Front: The War Diary of Albert K. Dawson." Film History vol. 23 (2011), 20-37.
Kevin Brownlow, The War, The West and the Wilderness (London/New York 1979)