Photographing Nature’s Cathedrals presents American landscape photographs by three nineteenth-century artists who used mammoth plate prints, panoramas, and stereographs—the cutting-edge photographic technology of their time—to capture the natural wonders of the country. The photographs on view helped create the myth of the Edenic American West, attracted tourists to the unusual formations in the Driftless region of Wisconsin, and inspired the creation of Yosemite National Park.
This exhibition is part of the Museum’s season exploring technology and innovation and features the work of photographers Carleton E. Watkins (American, 1829–1916), Eadweard Muybridge (American, b. England, 1830–1904), and Henry Hamilton Bennett (American, b. Canada, 1843–1908).
Explore how photography in the nineteenth century helped bring the natural wonders of America to the attention of the country and the world, in Photographing Nature's Cathedrals, with Ariel Pate, Assistant Curator of Photography.
Nineteenth-century photographers and painters often portrayed the same scenes, and their art forms informed each other’s work. Ariel Pate, assistant curator of photography, and Brandon Ruud, Abert Family Curator of American Art, will give a tour looking at the photographs of Carleton Watkins and Thomas Hill’s Merced River, Yosemite Valley (1896) from the Museum’s permanent collection.
Herzfeld Center for Photography and Media Arts
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