Canale: George Grantham Bain, master of mystique

From Larry Canale at The National Pastime Museum on March 25, 2016:

Any short list of pioneering, trailblazing baseball photographers will include, of course, Charles Conlon, the most celebrated among early twentieth-century names, along with George Burke, Carl Horner, and Louis Van Oeyen. Each of these photographers (as covered in my earlier installments of this series) left a legacy of images that preserves turn-of-the-century baseball faces, sights, and scenes. And those luminaries had company; the upper stratosphere also includes George Grantham Bain (1865–1944), whose work we’ll examine here, and Paul Thompson (1878–1940), who’s on deck for our next outing.

Bain and Thompson were similar in that they were accomplished photographers who also showed entrepreneurial spirit. Both men, after becoming established with the camera, launched service organizations that created and distributed photography to the day’s media outlets.

Both also photographed a wide range of subjects: hard news stories and tragedies as well as political newsmakers, celebrities, and general human interest. Along the way, they also helped immortalize our National Pastime’s early players.

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Originally published: March 28, 2016. Last Updated: March 28, 2016.