F.A. Dobson

Frederick "F.A." Dobson was an American cinematographer who worked in Hollywood during its earliest years.[1][2][3][4]

F.A. Dobson
Frederick Albert Dobson

June 1, 1866
Utica, New York, USA
DiedApril 13, 1948 (aged 81)
Stanislaus, California, USA
Spouse(s)Georgia Conroy (div.)
Katherine Rehfuss (div.)


Dobson was born in Utica, New York, to John Dobson and Emma Young.

With the advent of the motion picture industry, he began working for the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company in New York. He ultimately shot more than 100 silent films between 1898 and 1916.[5]

Dobson married twice. His first marriage was to Georgia Conroy in 1891. He married Katherine Rehfuss in 1909; the pair had a daughter, Emma, before divorcing.[citation needed]

Selected filmographyEdit


  1. ^ "Behind the Shutter with the World's Newest Industry". The Albuquerque Citizen. 18 Jun 1909. Retrieved 2020-11-22.
  2. ^ "Today in History - November 8". Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA. Retrieved 2020-11-22.
  3. ^ Spehr, Paul C. (1980). "Filmmaking at the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company 1900—1906". The Quarterly Journal of the Library of Congress. 37 (3/4): 413–421. ISSN 0041-7939.
  4. ^ Musser, Charles (1994-05-04). The Emergence of Cinema: The American Screen to 1907. University of California Press. ISBN 978-0-520-08533-6.
  5. ^ "Subway Pictured for the Biograph". The New York Times. 22 May 1905. Retrieved 2020-11-22.