Valley of the Yosemite from Union Point

  • Eadweard Muybridge, Valley of the Yosemite from Union Point, 1872, albumen silver print, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Charles T. Isaacs, 1994.89.1

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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
Valley of the Yosemite from Union Point
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Not on view.
sheet: 17 x 21 1/2 in. (43.2 x 54.6 cm.)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Charles T. Isaacs

Mediums Description
albumen silver print
  • Landscape – California
  • Landscape – valley – Yosemite Valley
  • Landscape – river – Merced River
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