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

View on the Merced, Yosemite 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

Image: Carleton E. Watkins, View on the Merced, Yosemite, 1865–66. Courtesy of the American Geographical Society Library, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Libraries.