When it comes to Knoxville photographers, James E. (Jim) Thompson was one of the most famous and most prolific – the quantity a quality of photographs that he captured on film of places and events around the city is distinctly remarkable.
Thompson’s artistic talents and keen business sense worked together right from the outset of the 20th century. His photographs of the Smoky Mountains featured in national newspapers and publications and helped booster a movement to create a national park just beyond his hometown. More than a few of his photographs are considered iconic. Outside of photography, he worked to build trails and determine lasting place names that still inform visitors’ experiences in the Smokies today.
Join Paul James of the Knoxville History Project for a look into the life and work of one of its talented Knoxvillians, whose work local historians come into contact with almost daily.
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