Atlanta Journal-Constitution photographs
Photographs dating from the 1840s to the 2009 from the photography staff of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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Atlanta Journal Constitution Photographic Archives. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library.
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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Photograph Collection contains over six million images from the newspaper's photo morgue. The bulk of these images come from the 1950s-1980s, but the collection also includes images that appeared in the Atlanta Journal, the Atlanta Constitution, and many of the smaller newspapers they absorbed over the years.
Over 13,000 images are digitized and available at Georgia State University Library's Digital Collections, with new additions weekly.
Additional photographs from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Photograph Collection have been digitized and made available in the Planning Atlanta - A New City in the Making, 1930s-1990s Photographs collection.
Copyright to items in this collection is owned by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Items may be used for scholarship, educational, and personal use. Reproduction, publication, and social media use require permission of the rights holder. For more information about requesting permission see Duplication and Permission Requests on our website.
Kay Cain (1910-1996) began work as an Atlanta Constitution staff photographer in the fall of 1942. She may have been the second woman photographer at the paper, after Carolyn McKenzie Carter.
For the Constitution, Cain did both standalone human-interest photography and photography to support stories, sometimes working with reporter Jane Noland (Graham), as pictured here. Cain’s assignments included shooting news as well as fashion, children, and visiting or local celebrities. She also placed some photos in national publications. With World War Two underway, Americans serving in the military and the home front were recurring elements in her work during this time. Kay Cain's last photograph published in the Constitution appeared in April 1944. She eventually settled in California.
The Kay Cain photographs contain images made for the Atlanta Constitution, unpublished photos made on Constitution assignments, works that Cain placed in other publications, and personal photos. Some of the photos in the collection were not taken by Cain, and some photographers are unknown. As a group, the photos provide an interesting view of Atlanta, 1942-44, and Atlanta Constitution staff and reporting during the period.
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