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Carleton E. Watkins: Photographs, 1861-1874

Watkins, Carleton and Peter Palmquist

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ISBN 10: 093849127X / ISBN 13: 9780938491279
Published by Bedford Arts Fraenkel Gallery, San Franci, 1989
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Cloth, 29 cm., With 111 Laser Fultone reproductions. This volumes presents more than 100 images made by Watkins in his travels through California, Oregon and Utah during the years 1861 through 1874. Essay by Peter Palmquist. Illustrations reproduced thro. Bookseller Inventory # 75579

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Title: Carleton E. Watkins: Photographs, 1861-1874

Publisher: Bedford Arts Fraenkel Gallery, San Franci

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition.

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"If this business don't give us a living we will go and squat on some government land and raise spuds." This forlorn statement by Watkins (1829-1916), a pioneering photographer who began his career by chance as a commercial portraitist in Golden Shore, Calif., but later became celebrated for large-scale, exquisitely detailed Western landscapes, reflects the misfortunes of a strenuous, fruitful life. Frequently lugging as much as 2000 pounds of photographic equipment into California's Yosemite Valley, or parts of Utah and the Pacific Northwest, Watkins documented a wilderness then barely marked by human presence. Bankrupt by the late 1870s, and blind by the early 1900s, he lost everything he owned in a fire resulting from the San Francisco earthquake of 1906. This majestic selection of 111 albumen prints, reproduced by laser technology and including 18 never published before, depicts severe, richly textured country: the church-like stillness of a valley stream; the gnarled ferocity of a stupendously large tree. Palmquist is the author of Carleton E. Watkins: Photographer of the American West.
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