"Carleton Watkins on the frontier of U.S. photography"
"California's first great artist was a photographer – Carleton Watkins, who worked throughout the West in the mid-19th century. His work blossomed into maturity in the 1860s, with big images that evoked not just paintings but also the immensity of the Western landscape. ... Watkins used a mammoth-plate camera whose glass negatives are nearly 18 by 22 inches, resulting in startlingly large black-and-white images.
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