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Looking Down Yosemite Valley

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Eadweard Muybridge, Looking Down Yosemite Valley, ca. 1870, albumen silver print, Bequest of Fae Heath Batten, public domain, 1997.58.111

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Title

Looking Down Yosemite Valley

Artist

Eadweard Muybridge (British, 1830-1904)

Date

ca. 1870

Medium

albumen silver print

Dimensions (H x W x D)

image/sheet: 15 11/16 in x 20 3/8 in

Collection Area

Photography

Category

Photographs

Object Type

photograph

Culture

American

Credit Line

Bequest of Fae Heath Batten

Accession Number

1997.58.111

Copyright

public domain

Terms

albumen prints

photographs

Description

Beginning in 1867, California-based photographer Eadweard Muybridge created “mammoth-plate” glass negatives—measuring more than 16 x 20 inches—in the rugged Yosemite Valley. Many of these negatives were purchased by Thomas Houseworth & Co. of San Francisco, which mass-produced and sold views created by local photographers. Although the company’s most successful product was the stereograph (a set of two small photographs that, when placed in a viewing device, appeared three-dimensional), they also made large-scale landscape prints. This majestic view of Yosemite, with its mountains and trees reflected in the quiet surface of Mirror Lake, remains a popular site for photographers and tourists alike.

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