Source: Los Angeles, Portrait of a City, edited by Jim Heimann (Koln : Taschen, 2009): Indicates b. 1853, d. 1956. "In
his day perhaps the definitive Southern California photographer, C. C. Pierce was born in Massachusetts but came to Los Angeles
in 1886 and documented the city until 1940... He also collected images taken by other photographers, building a collection
of more than 13,000 negatives and 18,000 prints that now reside largely at the Huntington Museum in San Marino and the University
of California, Los Angeles." Source: California History, San Francisco: California Historical Society, vol. LVII, Summer
1978, no. 2, pp. 186-194: Pierce was born in 1853 and moved to Los Angeles from Chicago in 1886 in search of good health.
He lived until the age of 93 and died in 1946. Local directories cite him at work at 532 Downey Avenue in partnership with
Albert W. Lohn. In 1890, he began to work for J.B. Blanchard at the Plaza Gallery not far from the plaza church. Shortly
thereafter, he partnered with A.E. McConnell, at the same location, and their view and commercial photograph business became
known as the Tourist View Depot. By the turn of the century, he started his own gallery at 313 So. Spring Street. Business
grew and his shop was relocated to 1572 West Pico Street.