Montag, Juni 12


American, 1853-1921
A member of the second generation of photographers of western American landscape and railroads, Frank Jay Haynes is often grouped with those who came to the West much earlier. Stylistically and technically, however, as well as in terms of his approach to his subject, he is closer in outlook to the 20th century than to the 19th.
Born in Saline, Michigan, Haynes worked in 1874 in Ann Arbor and Wisconsin, and in 1875 at the "Temple of Photography" of a "Dr." William Lockwood. He opened his own studio the following year in Moorehead, Minnesota, and another in 1879 in Fargo, Dakota Territory. In 1876 he was appointed official photographer of the Northern Pacific Railroad, a position he held for 30 years. Beginning in the early 1880s, Haynes worked in Yellowstone National Park, where after 1884 he was its official, though self-employed, photographer. A 8,235-foot mountain peak in the park was named as a memorial for him after his death.
In 1891 the Puget Sound & Alaska Steamship Co. commissioned Haynes to photograph the sea journey from Tacoma, Washington, to Glacier Bay, Alaska. From 1885-1905 his mobile Haynes' Palace Studio Car operated along the various lines of the Northern Pacific Railroad. He later moved to St. Paul, Minnesota, where he established another studio. Haynes retired in 1916; his son, also a photographer, eventually continued the family business. T.W.F.
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