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Carleton Watkins (1829–1916) came to the west in 1849. He photograhed much of the Pacific Coast in an era that had just recently saw the invention of the camera. He used a custom-built unit that made “mammoth” 18 x 22-inch glass-plate negatives.
In June 1864, his photographs of Yosemite helped convince President Abraham Lincoln and the 38th U.S. Congress to pass the Yosemite Valley Grant Act.
The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University is hosting Carleton Watkins: The Stanford Albums, an exhibition featuring more than 80 original mammoth prints.
The exhibition shows more than 30 photographs from the album Photographs of the Yosemite Valley including various views of Yosemite Valley; mountains and rock formations such as Cathedral Rocks, Half Dome, and El Capitan; waterfalls and water views such as Mirror Lake and Yosemite Falls; and photographs of Yosemite’s majestic trees.
The 1906 earthquake and fire destroyed his studio and his life’s work, and he never got over the shock. His family eventually had him committed to Napa State Hospital. He died there in 1916.
You can see the exhibition until August 17. Point your GPS to 328 Lomita Dr, Stanford, CA 94305
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Photographs and memories, Christmas cards you sent to me. All that I have are these to remember you.” – Jim Croce
MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com