John C. H. Grabill

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English: John C. H. Grabill was an American photographer. Little is known about his work. In 1886 he opened his first photographic studio in Sturgis, with studios in Hot Springs, Lead and Deadwood, Dakota Territory.[1] He had presumably already been active in the area before this date.[2] In this time he was the official photographer of the Black Hills and Fort Pierre R.R. and Home Stake Mining Company.[3] From 1891 to 1894 he operated a studio in Chicago. Most is known from 188 photographs he sent to the Library of Congress between 1887 and 1892 for copyright registration. His work documents the frontier life in Colorado, South Dakota, and Wyoming. His photographs of Pine Ridge during the aftermath of Wounded Knee are most remarkable.[1]


  1. a b Photographs of Wounded Knee and the Dakotas - 1886-1892
  2. Carl Mautz, Biographies of Western Photographers 1840-1900, 1996.
  3. Grainger Engineering Library: Full Description of John C. H. Grabill Collection