Valley of the Yosemite from Union Point
1872 Eadweard Muybridge Born: Kingston-upon-Thames, England 1830 Died: Kingston-upon-Thames, England 1904 Bradley and Rulofson (Publisher) albumen silver print sheet: 17 x 21 1/2 in. (43.2 x 54.6 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Charles T. Isaacs 1994.89.1 Not currently on view
Eadweard Muybridge went to great lengths to photograph the best possible views of the West. He chopped down trees if they obstructed his camera, and ventured to “points where his packers refused to follow him.” Muybridge was determined to produce the most comprehensive photographs ever made of Yosemite and the surrounding region. His views were sold widely in both large-format prints and stereograph cards, which are viewed through a device that creates the illusion of three-dimensional space. This allowed Muybridge to transport his audience, if just for a moment, to a faraway place caught on film.
A Democracy of Images: Photographs from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2013
Landscape - California
Landscape - river - Merced River
Landscape - valley - Yosemite Valley
photography - photoprint