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Eminent National Park Service Photographers
George A. Grant (1929-1954)
George A. Grant was the first Chief Photographer for the NPS. He was hired by Horace M. Albright in 1929 to create a documentary file of images for use by the Service in reports, interpretive projects, education, and public information. Grant, until his retirement in 1954, created approximately 30,000-40,000 images of NPS areas. These images include -- but are not limited to -- the following: events, personnel, architecture, archaeology, stamps, and Native Americans. Because of their significance to NPS history, these images have been included in the National Park Service Historic Photograph Collection.
About Eminent NPS Photographers
The term "Eminent Photographer" is used to credit the individuals who have created a large body of work that documents our National Parks, the National Park Service, and the Cultural and Natural Resources found throughout the National Park System. Although their photographs have been used in books, papers, and movies for over 70 years, the photographers of the National Park Service are often overlooked when credit is due. Most often credit lines appear as “National Park Service Photograph”, “Courtesy of the National Park Service”, or simply “NPS Photo.”
These eminent photographers span the history of the National Park Service since the first Chief Photographer, George A. Grant, was hired in 1929 to the present day.