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Photographing Nature’s Cathedrals:
Carleton E. Watkins, Eadweard Muybridge, and H. H. Bennett

May 18–August 26, 2018
Herzfeld Center for Photography and Media Arts

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).

Organized, in part, from the collection of the American Geographical Society Library, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.
Presenting Sponsor: In Memory of Joan W. Nason
Supporting Sponsor: James A. Schleif and William H. Morley
Exhibitions in the Herzfeld Center for Photography and Media Arts sponsored by: Herzfeld Foundation and Madeleine and David Lubar

Programs + Events

Local Luminaries

Thursday, November 29, 5:15 PM

Visit the exhibition with distinguished local guests, including Judge Joe Donald; Cecelia Gore, Brewers Community Foundation; and Reginald Jackson, America’s Black Holocaust Museum, as they offer new perspectives for understanding the works on view.

Sponsored by:
Milwaukee Art Museum's Photography Council

Herzfeld Center for Photography and Media Arts
Free for Members
Free with Museum admission

Images:
  • Eadweard Muybridge, Piwyack. Valley of the Yosemite, 1872. Courtesy of the American Geographical Society Library, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Libraries
  • Eadweard Muybridge, Falls of the Yosemite, 1872. Courtesy of the American Geographical Society Library, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Libraries.
  • Carleton E. Watkins, Yosemite Valley from the “Best General View”, 1866. Courtesy of the American Geographical Society Library, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Libraries
  • Carleton E. Watkins, The Half Dome from Glacier Pt., Yosemite, 1865–66. Courtesy of the American Geographical Society Library, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Libraries