End Frame: Carleton Watkins’s Epic Landscapes

February 24, 2012

© Carleton E. Watkins/courtesy of J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Carleton E. Watkins (American, 1829–1916), Plate 103, “Section of the Grizzly Giant, Mariposa Grove, Yosemite, 1861.”

When fine-art photographer Chris McCaw heads into the mountains or across the Arctic tundra to capture the movement of the sun, he rolls, pulls or pushes his homemade 30 x 40 view camera, which he mounted atop a garden wagon fitted with all-terrain wheels. McCaw, who is profiled in our article about photographers who make their own cameras (see: “DIY...

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