Harris & Ewing photo studio

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This Harris & Ewing photo shows Kentucky Sen. Ollie M. James, (1871-1918)

Harris & Ewing Inc. was a photographic studio in Washington, D.C., owned and run by George W. Harris and Martha Ewing.

As a rookie news photographer, Harris covered the Johnstown, Pa., flood of 1889. He worked at Hearst News Service in San Francisco from 1900 to 1903, then joined Roosevelt's press entourage on a train trip. According to the studio's nomination to the National Register of Historic Places, "the president personally urged him to start a photographic news service in Washington because it was so difficult at that time for out-of-town newspapers to get timely photographs of notable people and events in the Nation's Capital."[1]

In 1905, Harris and Ewing opened their studio at 1313 F Street NW in Washington. (As of 2014, the studio name was still visible on the building.[2] )

In 1955, the company gave some 700,000 glass and film negatives to the Library of Congress, which preserves them as the Harris & Ewing Collection in the Prints and Photographs Division. Largely taken in and around Washington between 1905 and 1945, the photos portray people, events, and architecture.[3] Many are scanned and online.[3]

Harris died in 1964 at age 92.[3]

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