Submitted by: John C. Monk



Edward J. Dams


SOUTH BEND - Ed Dams was born Edward Joseph Domachowski in Milwaukee. He was a photographer from the age of seven when he got a job earning a dollar a week making contact prints for a local studio. The country was still deep in The Depression, and many grown men weren't earning that much. When he graduated from high school he opened his own studio in Milwaukee and went from there to Detroit to work for Jeffery White. After a stint in the Army he went to work as a newspaper photographer for the Fargo (North Dakota) Forum where in 1957 his photography of a disastrous tornado and its aftermath won the Pulitzer Prize. In the sixties, he moved to Chicago where he worked as a fashion photographer and continued his own passion for fine-arts photography. In 1965 he joined Digest Books as an associate editor, leaving this job when in 1971 he married Jeanne Martin and moved to South Bend. There he was hired by Schillings Printing Company, where he worked until that business closed and he opened his own print shop, Granger Graphics. A stroke in 1994 forced an early retirement, but he continued making pictures and pursuing his new interest in machining. At his death he was working on a book about photographic techniques. Ed will be remembered by his many friends for his wit and his beautiful pictures. A requiem Mass will be said at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Mishawaka, on Saturday, October 31, at 11:00 a.m. Family and friends may visit an hour before the service in the church. His widow requests that, in lieu of flowers, any memorial contributions be made to the Food Bank of Northern Indiana, 702 Chapin, South Bend, IN 46601. Hahn Funeral Home, Mishawaka, has been entrusted with handling the final arrangements. To leave the family an online condolence or to share memories with the family, please visit our website at

Published in South Bend Tribune on October 25, 2009