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Mirror Lake and Reflections, Yosemite Valley, Mariposa County, California

1865 Charles L. Weed Born: New York, New York 1824 Died: Oakland, California 1903 Thomas Houseworth and Co. (Publisher) albumen silver print sheet and image: 15 1/2 x 20 1/4 in. (39.4 x 51.4 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Charles T. Isaacs 1994.89.5 Not currently on view


Exhibition Label

Like Carleton Watkins, his better-known competitor, Charles Weed recognized the pictorial dividend to be gained by showing Yosemite’s glorious geological features in duplicate, using the valley’s lakes as reflecting ponds. Weed first traveled to what was then known as “Yo-Semite,” in 1859, but with a relatively small camera. He returned in 1865 with a larger model capable of using what were called mammoth plates. Like Watkins, he sold his prints to buyers eager to own a photograph of majestic natural beauty.


A Democracy of Images: Photographs from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2013

Keywords

Landscape - California - Mariposa County

Landscape - lake - Mirror Lake

Landscape - phenomenon - light

Landscape - valley - Yosemite Valley

photography - photoprint

paper

albumen silver

About Charles L. Weed

Born: New York, New York 1824 Died: Oakland, California 1903

About Thomas Houseworth and Co.