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Mark Klett

Around Toroweap Point, just before and after sundown, beginning and ending with views used by J. K. Hillers, over 100 years ago, Grand Canyon
1986
gelatin silver print
34 1/4 x 95 3/8 in., (framed as five sheet panorama, each sheet measuring 20 x 16 in. approx.)
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Consolidated Natural Gas Company Foundation

The astounding sweep of this five-image panorama takes in more than 180 degrees of the Grand Canyon, with the Colorado River entering at one side and exiting at the other. In between, Klett has pulled his camera back to include the foreground, revealing a hat (the photographer’s?) perched on the overhang. Klett intentionally positioned the first and last frames to duplicate photographs taken by John K. Hillers in the early 1870s.