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George Barker

The Falls in Winter
about 1885
albumen print
16 1/4 x 19 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase from the Charles Isaacs Collection made possible in part by the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment

Using his largest camera, Niagara Falls specialist George Barker surmounted extraordinary difficulties in capturing this image. His tripod, cameras, and glass plates all had to be transported to this precarious spot and operated in freezing temperatures. Undaunted, Barker produced a variety of scenes of natural wonders that he offered for sale to tourists at Barker’s Niagara Studio.