Andrew James Harlan was born in 1859 in Ohio and died June 28, 1926 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Harlan was a teacher in Western Kansas before coming to Colorado in 1892. He started his photography business in a tent in Victor, Colorado taking scenic shots, and publicity pictures of the larger gold mines in the area such as the Independence and the Gold Coin. He was in Victor at the time of the great fire on August 21, 1899 and took numerous photos of the conflagration.
He married Jessie Luella McGill in 1900 in Victor and they both moved to Colorado Springs in 1902 where he opened a photography studio at the corner of Weber Street and Pikes Peak Avenue. There he specialized in making scenic postcards, and developing film for the public. He soon became the official photographer for Union Printers Home, the Modern Woodmen Sanitorium, and the Cripple Creek Short Line Railroad. Mr. and Mrs. Harlan and their daughter Dorothy moved to Junction City, Kansas in 1917. In 1926, they returned to Colorado for a vacation and it was at this time that Harlan passed away. He is buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Colorado Springs.