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|George Grantham Bain|
Bain ca. 1910–1915
January 7, 1865|
|Died||April 20, 1944
New York City, New York
|Known for||"Father of foreign photographic news"|
He was born in Chicago, Illinois, on January 7, 1865, to George Bain and Clara Mather. His family moved from Chicago to St. Louis, Missouri. He attended Saint Louis University as an undergraduate to study chemistry, and later attained a law degree from the same institution.
After graduation, Bain became a reporter at the St. Louis Globe-Democrat. The following year he moved to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, where he became the Washington, DC correspondent. He worked for United Press before he started the Bain News Service in 1898.
The George Grantham Bain Collection at the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division comprises approximately 40,000 glass plate negatives and 50,000 photographic prints. Most are scanned and have been made available online. Most date from the 1900s to the mid-1920s, but some are as early as the 1860s, and some as late as the 1930s.
The majority of Bain's images depict events in New York City, but he also copied extant images of worldwide events for news distribution purposes. "The Bain picture files richly document local sports events, theater, celebrities, crime, strikes, disasters, political activities including the woman suffrage campaign, conventions and public celebrations," the library notes.
There are no known copyright restrictions on the photographs in the Collection, although some of Bain's most important images had historically been marked with a copyright notice to prevent unauthorized distribution.
Albertina Rasch, gypsy dance, 1915
Argentine Rivadavia-class battleship, 1912
Four men with wreckage of Blériot's plane at Reims, 1909
The Brox Sisters, posed with toy car. Left to right: Loryane, Bobbe, Patricia
Pair of 12-inch guns on HMS Dreadnought, between 1907-1922
Nestorian (Assyrian) Christian family making butter in Mawana, Persia, date unknown
American actress Blanche Bates, dressed for a role in "The Fighting Hope"
Race car driver Bob Burman, 1911
Actress Lillian Gish, 1911
Actress Mildred Davis, 1921
Actress Pauline Frederick
Maria of Yugoslavia as a child, when she was Princess Marie of Romania
Actress Ruth St. Denis
Actress Viola Dana
Making of a death mask, 1908
Lucio Blanco and staff, c. 1913
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George Grantham Bain, pioneer newspaper photographer of this city, whose friends called him "the father of foreign photographic news," died yesterday in Bellevue Hospital.
ca. 40,000 negatives: glass; 4 × 5 in. and 5 × 7 in. about 710 negatives: glass; 8 × 10 in. 64 negatives: nitrate film; 2 1/1 × 3½ in. and 4 × 6 in.