Biography of Foote, L. B. (Lewis Benjamin), 1873-1957
Lewis Benjamin Foote was born in 1873 in Foote’s Cove, on a small island off the coast of Newfoundland. After working on his father’s fishing schooner, he was employed as an office boy for a Charlottetown newspaper, and it was there that he discovered photography. He moved to Halifax and worked at a variety of jobs before coming to Winnipeg in 1902 where he rapidly established himself as the city's premier commercial photographer. The subjects of Foote’s photography ranged from city slums, workers dressed in their Sunday best, the construction of buildings, weddings and funerals, to Royal visits. Among the most famous of his images, however, are those he took on Bloody Saturday, the culmination of the Winnipeg General Strike. He was also the official photographer of the Winnipeg coroner’s office and as such left a gruesome array of photographs now in the Manitoba Archives collection. . He was active in the profession until 1948 when an accident put an end to his career. By this time he was known as “the dean of Canadian press photographers”. He died in 1957.