Cañon of Kanab Wash, Colorado River, Looking South
1872 William Bell Born: Liverpool, England 1830 Died: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1910 albumen silver print sheet and image: 10 7/8 x 7 7/8 in. (27.6 x 20.0 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase from the Charles Isaacs Collection made possible in part by the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment 1994.91.9 Not currently on view
From an awkward position under a massive overhang, William Bell maneuvered his large unwieldy camera to capture the dramatic play of light and shadow on the limestone wall of the opposite cliff. Bell made this photograph while working on Lieutenant George Wheeler’s Geographical Surveys West of the 100th Meridian. His photographs can often be distinguished from those of other survey photographers by the contrast between a strong dark element in the foreground and lighter tones that recede into the distance.
A Democracy of Images: Photographs from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2013
Landscape - canyon - Kanab Wash
Landscape - river - Colorado River
Landscape - rocks
photography - photoprint